When Caitlin Kennedy is not in class, you will probably find her in the lab conducting experiments to investigate how pollutants such as zinc may have an effect on crayfish.

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Caitlin (right) and her mentor Dr. Angie Setzer (left)

Caitlin’s interest in neuroscience flourished when she took a class in Biological Psychology during her first year at Stevenson. Very soon, she jumped right into the opportunity to work with Dr. Tulloch’s behavioral neuroscience lab. Their collaboration has led to two poster presentations:

Kennedy, C.G., Nash, A.C., Wasicko, N.J., Leister, B.A., & Tulloch, I.K. (2018, November) Multi-generational behavioral response to alcohol in Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Poster presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kennedy, C.G., Leister, B.A., & Tulloch, I.K. (2017, December). Effects of acute alcohol exposure on Drosophila melanogaster larvae locomotor activity. Poster presented at the Stevenson University Psychology Department Showcase in Stevenson, MD, and the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For the past year, Caitlin has also been working with Dr. Danna (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Setzer (Psychology). These opportunities brought her two additional poster presentations:

Leister, B.A., Kennedy, C.G., Nash, A.C., Tulloch, I.K., Danna, C.J. (2019, February) Neurodevelopmental effects of early alcohol exposure in transgenic drosophila melanogaster. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association annual meeting in New York City, New York.

Briscoe, A., Dennis, M., Kennedy, C.G., Setzer, A. (2018, December). Crayfish Alcohol Maze Study. Poster presented at the Stevenson University Psychology Department Showcase, Owings Mills, MD.

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Caitlin presenting at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference

In addition to her extensive research experiences, Caitlin played a key role in organizing the Brain Bee event last month (see our previous blog entry here). She took care of all the details such as coordinating with the high school teachers and administrators, creating marketing materials, and keeping track of all the paperwork.

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Caitlin and other Psych Club officers (2019)

Caitlin was recently accepted into a Ph.D. behavioral neuroscience program. As she reflected on her past experiences, she said that she appreciated the close faculty-student relationships, especially with her mentors.

Congratulations Caitlin! Finish strong this semester and we wish you your very best as you take your next exciting step!

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