LCNL undergraduate awards and participation in summer programs

Congratulations to our undergraduates who will participate in summer internships, training programs, and other academic enrichment!


Sophomore Emily Perez will attain hands-on research experience through UROP (The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) at RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. Emily will participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. She will conduct research on economic development and its relationship with environmental degradation, specifically air pollution. Emily also won a Welton Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant and will be working with LCNL later in the summer under this grant. We’ll welcome Emily back to LCNL again in the fall, as she continues working with Maryellen MacDonald and Elise Hopman as part of her Sophomore Research Fellowship award.

Sophomore Brooke Marshall will be working as a CNA and doing summer research with Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The research project investigates the effects of depression and anxiety on patients who have total knee replacements. The study considers aspects of medication, recovery time, and patient satisfaction with treatment. She’ll return to LCNL in the fall to continue her work with Maryellen MacDonald and Steve Schwering.

Sophomore Lauren Schilling was awarded a Welton Summer Sophomore Research Apprenticeship Grant through the UW L&S Honors Program and will be working here at LCNL and with Mark Seidenberg, Matt Cooper-Borkenhagen and collaborators in the UW Educational Neuroscience Lab, and the Learning, Cognition and Development Lab.  She will be involved in a project investigating aspects of phonological-orthographic mappings and the sequence with which such language constructs are employed across phonics-based curricula for early emerging readers.

Junior Jamie Dawson will be studying abroad in Denmark this summer. She’ll be in Copenhagen with Professor Ethelene Whitmire studying the transnational experiences of African Americans in Denmark, following the footsteps of prominent artists, scholars, and musicians who have lived the expat life abroad. She’ll return to LCNL later this summer to continue her lab research with Maryellen MacDonald and Elise Hopman.

Graduating Senior Teresa Turco recently won a Fulbright scholarship to study abroad at Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. She also won an Undergraduate Travel Award from the UW-Madison Psychology Department for her upcoming conference presentation in Belgium. Additionally she was awarded the UW Bookstore Academic Excellence Award for her senior thesis. Very happy results for her hard work with Maryellen MacDonald and Elise Hopman!

Senior Natalie Ghaffari-Nikou has an eight week internship this summer. She’ll also continue to expand her research on reading exposure and theory of mind with Professor Maryellen MacDonald this summer, and we’ll welcome her back to LCNL in the fall to continue this work.


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