May 2012 - Philpot lab graduate students Rylan Larsen and Michael Wallace will attend Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) courses this summer in Woods Hole, Maine, and each has received a scholarship from the MBL.
In addition to a menu of shorter courses, the Marine Biological Laboratory offers advanced, graduate-level courses in embryology, physiology, neurobiology, microbiology, reproduction, and parasitology for six to eight weeks each summer. Students apply from around the world to attend these renowned courses, termed “discovery” courses. Rylan Larsen is one of just 14 students accepted to the Neurobiology course. Likewise, Michael Wallace will be one of only 20 students in the Neural Systems and Behavior course.
The Neurobiology course is subdivided into four blocks which are broadly titled Genomics, Electrophysiology, Imaging, and Neuronal Cell Biology. Each of the sections is taught by leading investigators in their fields, and students design independent projects based on each of the block topics. A total of 47 faculty are slated to participate in the Neurobiology course.
The MBL awarded Rylan a scholarship of $3400 to cover a portion of the tuition. Rylan’s support also includes funding from his mentor, Ben Philpot, and from the Physiology department.
Michael Wallace will attend the Neural Systems and Behavior course. He explains, “I will be trained in systems and computational neurobiology of several different model organisms while I am there including leech, electric fish, zebrafish and songbirds.” Students and postdocs admitted to this course come from many different universities around the world including Universities of Chile, Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Dublin, and Sao Paulo. Over 30 faculty members will contribute to the course.
Michael has also received a scholarship from MBL that covers most of the cost of tuition ($3500).