This summer, I’m attending the 10 week, MSTP Summer Scholars Program at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. (This is due, in large part, to Dr. Orr for his letter of recommendation, his mentorship, and his willingness to put up with my incessant questions; to Dr. Waldeck for his support; and to Dr. Catino for making sure I didn’t give up hope!)
Through the program, I’m conducting research in the Cognitive Neurophysiology laboratory led by Dr. Ed Freedman and Dr. John Foxe. I’m working with David Richardson to investigate cognitive-motor interference in elderly populations and developing a cognitive-motor task for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
I also shadow Dr. Matt Bellizzi in the Multiple Sclerosis clinic of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Neurology department. I also attend weekly professional development seminars, participate in various optional educational seminars, take preparatory MCAT classes, work with underprivileged high school students through the Upward Bound program, and attend MSTP social events.
The program culminates with a poster presentation session, where each MSTP Scholar presents the results of their research. Wish me luck!!