Ellen Wixted

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B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Vermont, 2016

Admission year: 2016

Advisor: Dr. Omar Ahmed

Current project: Investigating the circuitry of the retrosplenial cortex and its interaction with other brain regions critical to spatial navigation

Other interests: In addition to research, I am passionate about science communication and am involved in several scicomm and communication training efforts.

Teaching experience: I served as a graduate student instructor for an undergraduate course in Neural Circuits.

Honors, grants, and awards: T32 NS 76401-16 Training Grant, NSF Fellowship, Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, Rackham Travel Grant, Rackham Professional Development Grant, MAAS Professional Development Award, Excellence in Basic Science, First Place Student Presentation at AAAS 2020 Annual Meeting

Service and leadership: OGPS Social Media Intern, Michigan Science Writers Communications Director, Publications to the Public Leadership, Co-chair of ComSciCon-MI, PhD Balance Editor

Career goals: My career goal is to work in science communication helping scientists and institutions disseminate their work to various audiences, from their peers to grant reviewers to the public.

Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, carpentry, and doing anything at all with my dog!