Margot DeBaker

Entering Class - 2017

E-MAIL: debak007@umn.edu

UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Marquette University, B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, 2017

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS:
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Travel Award, 2016

UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
I worked in a lab that studied addiction and how different factors can play a role in the relapse of drug seeking. Specifically, the project that I focused on explored how different levels of both stress and ovarian hormones affect relapse of cocaine seeking behavior in rodents.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
I have always been interested in science, and I am naturally drawn to solving problems and answering difficult questions. As an undergraduate, I was encouraged to volunteer in a neuroscience lab in order to explore my interests further.  After joining the lab, my passion for neuroscience grew exponentially. I began taking neuroscience classes, and my interest in pursuing a career in neuroscience was solidified.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
I chose the University of Minnesota because of the breadth of research being conducted here, along with the warm environment that I experienced when I interviewed. It seemed like a place to grow as a scientist and as a person, surrounded by an endless number of intelligent and supportive faculty and students.

STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE:
Janna Moen: She gave me a ton of great advice on how rotations work and the best ways to choose professors with whom to rotate. She also gave me a lot of tips before going to Itasca and moving to the Twin Cities, which made my transition a lot smoother and less stressful!

FAVORITE ITASCA MEMORY:
My favorite Itasca memory was when the entire class went out on the lake for an afternoon to hang out and relax.

 

Margot DeBaker