University of Florida | Department of Psychology

UF Undergraduate Students Meet with Nobel Prize Laureates

On February 13-14 a selected group of six UF undergraduates (Psychology, Neurobiology IDS and Health Sciences majors) traveled to Palm Beach, Florida to participate in the “Sunposium” neuroscience meeting organized by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI). UF students were the recipients of the fellowship awarded by the MPFI to undergraduates that show excellence in neuroscience research.  This year’s meeting had the theme: “At the forefront of understanding neural circuits” and the program included talks by two recent Nobel Prize laurates and researchers from the top US and international research institutions such as MIT, Stanford, RIKEN – Japan, University of Zurich and UCSF. For our students, the highlight was the lunch with speakers and evening social event where they presented their research posters. Students were accompanied by Dr. Marek Schwendt who administers the MPFI fellowship program for UF.


(MPFI Florida fellows, left to right: Megan Spurrell, Tyler Garman, Sara Sosa-Garcia, Yasmin Padovan, Isabel Mor, Spencer Berman and Dr. Marek Schwendt)