October 31, 2018

UW-Superior students attend MidBrain Conference

UW-Superior Inkblots and faculty attending the MidBrain Conference.

UW-Superior Inkblots and faculty attending the MidBrain Conference.

The MidBrain Conference is an eye-opening event for students interested in neuroscience

The MidBrain Conference is an annual forum where students have the opportunity of presenting research as well as attending research lectures on the latest findings in the field of neuroscience. This year, the Midwest Regional Neuroscience Conference was held at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, October 13, and the members of UW-Superior’s Psychology Club, Inkblots attended.

This is the first year that several undergraduate students from UWS attended the MidBrain Conference to learn more about the field of neuroscience. An important component of the event is the keynote speaker, who presents the latest research finding within his or her field of science. This year, Dr. Murray Blackmore from Marquette University described a new approach to recovery of spinal cord injury through gene therapy.

“What I found most valuable about the conference was that the talks drew on information I have learned in a variety of classes and allowed me to make connections between subjects including neurobiology, psychology, vell biology, and genetics,” said Abby Bowen, UW-Superior student.  

“This research [Dr. Blackmore] has been doing since he was in graduate school is changing the views we have on spinal injury and seeing the progress and imagining what could happen in the future is amazing to think about,” said fellow Inkblots member Emma Duchrow.

Besides providing a forum where undergraduate students can meet other students with the same interests, the MidBrain Conference also included representatives from major research universities as well as graduate students. This gave the students a chance to discuss the opportunities of graduate school and make connections with people in the field.

For many who attended the conference, it provided a better perspective on what graduate programs most appeal to them and how to begin the admission process.

“Going to the conference, listening to the talks, looking at the posters presentations and talking to other undergraduate as well as graduate students and graduate schools helped me a lot,” said UW-Superior student Giulia Martins.

The MidBrain Conference is an eye-opening event for students interested in neuroscience as it presents the latest research and techniques within the field. Furthermore, the conference provides a rare opportunity to network with fellow scientists, open doors to graduate programs, and information on what to do to pursue a career in neuroscience.

UW-Superior Inkblots and faculty attending the MidBrain Conference.

UW-Superior Inkblots and faculty attending the MidBrain Conference.

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