Nicole DeAngeli ’14, a PhD candidate currently at Dartmouth’s School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, was announced as a recipient of 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 13,000 applicants.
DeAngeli received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College in 2014, with double majors in biochemistry and psychology . Regarding her time at the College, she said, “I did neuroscience research with Dr. Wes Jordan for two years while at St Mary’s College. The St. Mary’s Project I did under his mentorship really prepared me well for graduate school.”
At Dartmouth, DeAngeli is researching the role of two cortical areas, the retrosplenial cortex and the postrinal cortex, to determine if these two brain areas are important for storage and retrieval of long-term memories.. On Dartmouth’s website, DeAngeli states, “My goal is that my research will someday better our understanding of learning and attention in the brain, allowing others to develop more suitable treatments for those with memory and/or attentional impairments.”