FAU MPFI Scholar Earns Top Spot in Neuroscience Competition

Five FAU students participating in the MPFI Scholars program showcased research at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE) in Clinton, S.C.

From left to right: FAU students Danick Joseph; Jana Olivova; Monique Tromp; Michael Leary; and Nicolas Tran present research conducted at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience at the Young Neuroscientist and Professors of the South East (SYNAPSE).

By lauren woeber | 4/19/2016

Five Florida Atlantic University students participating in the Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) Scholars program recently showcased their research findings at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast (SYNAPSE) recently at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.  Monique Tromp, a senior at FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, was chosen as one of the top three presentation winners for her research titled “Maturation in Laminar Distribution of Inhibitory Neurons During Development,” based on her collaboration with Amanda Jacob, Ph.D., Dan Wilson and David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. of MPFI.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the caliber of talent our Max Planck Scholars showcased at this year’s SYNAPSE. Each year our scholars improve the depth of their research,” said David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., CEO of MPFI. “They raise the bar in representing both FAU and Max Planck Florida with their superb quality of the cutting edge research.”

MPFI Scholars is a competitive program for college undergraduates who are planning on applying to graduate or professional school and are seeking intensive laboratory research experience to complement their current undergraduate science curriculum. The scholars learn from some of the world’s best neuroscientists in state-of-the-art labs of MPFI, and, in addition to participating in SYNAPSE, they also attend weekly seminars at the institute to introduce them to the latest advances in the field of neuroscience.

“The program really challenged me and my notion of what a researcher was, and it helped me focus and acquire a set of habits and principles that are necessary for success,” said Danick Joseph , MPFI scholar and FAU senior majoring in behavioral neuroscience. “My time at the Institute has definitely enriched my college experience.”

For more information about the Max Plax Florida Institute Scholars Program, visit www.maxplanckflorida.org/education/training-programs/undergraduate/ . For more information about FAU neuroscience programs, visit http://www.fau.edu/jlsi/academic-programs/index.php