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2014 Annual Chapter Meeting and Data Blitz Competition


The annual meeting of The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) will be May 14th at 4pm in room U1220 MRB3, Vanderbilt University.


Data blitz competition: there will be a data blitz competition (3-5 minute talks) for graduate students and post docs. The winners, as judged by the audience, will each receive $50 (one student and one post doc). To participate in the data blitz please email kevin.currie@vanderbilt.edu before the May 9th deadline.


Short format faculty talks:

Alex Maier, PhD

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

“Seeing the invisible – single neuron responses in visual cortex to illusory stimuli“


Brian Nelms, PhD

Assistant Professor, Fisk University

“The transcription factor FKH-8 controls dopaminergic neuron function in C. elegans


Akiko Shimamoto, PhD

Assistant Professor, Meharry Medical College

“Individual differences in stress reactivity and its influence on cocaine self-administration”


Refreshments will be served following the talks.


Graduate student and post-doc travel awards

The Middle TN Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience can nominate one graduate student and one postdoc for a Travel Award to attend the SfN meeting this year in Washington DC.  (http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Travel-Awards/Chapter-Graduate-Student-and-Postdoctoral-Fellow-Travel-Awards)


To be considered see the information below:


Nominees MUST participate in the Data Blitz at the MTNCSfN Annual meeting (May 14th  2014).


All trainees (not just those applying for travel awards) can compete in the data blitz for a $50 prize (one grad student award and one post-doc award).


For travel awards:

The nominee must be the first author of an abstract to be presented at the annual meeting.

The nominee and his/her advisor must be members of SfN and the MTNCSfN.

Graduate student nominees must have advanced to candidacy for a PhD. Postdocs must already have earned their PhD.


Application materials:

  1. A Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Trainee application form (see links or documents below); Fill out as much information as you know (leave the Chapter information lines blank).
  2. A copy of the abstract submitted for the SfN annual meeting;
  3. The nominee’s biosketch (no more than two pages)
  4. A one-page letter of recommendation from the nominee’s mentor/advisor commenting on the nominee’s contributions to neuroscience research;

Deadline to sign up for the data-blitz and for submission of items 1-3 is May 9th

Deadline for the mentor’s letter of recommendation is May 18th


Send applications or any questions to:  kevin.currie@vanderbilt.edu


See the files linked below for applications and printable versions of this information.

Chapter Graduate Student Travel Award Application 2014

Chapter Postdoctoral Trainee Travel Award Application 2014

MTNCSfN-Membership form

MTNCSfN travel awards

MTNCSfN meeting program flyer

Fall Social 2013-2014

Join the MTNCSfN and NSO for our annual Fall Social and Halloween Party in the MRB III 1st floor atrium at Vanderbilt at 5:10 pm (after the neuroscience seminar) on Wednesday, October 30. We’ll provide the food and drinks–and a prize for the costume contest!  We will also announce the new officers who were elected for MTNCSfN at the party.

Congratulations to our newly elected officers!  The 2-year terms begin January 2014.

President: Kevin Currie, Vanderbilt

Secretary/Treasurer: Eunsook Lee, Meharry

Postdoctoral Representative: Dipanwita Ghose, Vanderbilt

Student Representative: F. Eddie Hickman, Vanderbilt