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Joey Webb '09, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, has been awarded a 2008 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of Texas Southwestern. Webb is a psychology and biology major.

The program is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in a poster session. In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests.

Webb will work with Robert Greene, a psychiatry professor whose research interests involve the control and function of sleep/wake states and circuit and system mechanisms of NMDA-hypofunction related cognitive deficits.

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Posted: April 17, 2008

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