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Research institute showcasing student work with second annual review session


Research institute showcasing student work with second annual review session

GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty Student Research Institute will host a plenary session from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in which Thiel College students and faculty will present the research they conducted throughout the summer and previous academic year.

Director of the Greenville Neuromodulation Center Faculty/Student Research Institute and Assistant Professor of Biology Delbert Abi Abdallah, Ph.D., will open the session in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center that focuses on creativity, hands-on scholarly research and direct experiential learning. Attendees will hear presentations on research initiatives funded by the institute, as well as a keynote address by Greenville Neuromodulation Center Thiel College Visiting Scholar Marie Pollard, Ph.D., on her research using deep brain stimulation electrodes.

Pollard received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Oxford (Oxford, England) and is a neurophysiologist studying neurological circuits and mediators that translate to psychiatric disorders. Her presentation is titled “Local Field Potential Recordings for the Targeting of Deep Brain Stimulation Electrodes.”

“The annual research institute plenary session is designed to give student and faculty researchers the opportunity to share with the Thiel College community the fruits of their year-long or summer-long projects,” Abi Abdallah said. “Students and faculty are excited to share their data, results, and findings. This is a great occasion for our student researchers to highlight the great work performed at Thiel and a fantastic chance for the Thiel community to come and learn about this very important research initiative.”

About the GNC Faculty/Student Research Institute

In 2015, Thiel College alumni Fred Haer ’65 and his wife, Jill (Shackett) ’66, pledged more than $400,000 to fund the institute from 2015-2017. It is open to all Thiel College faculty members. So far, the institute has funded over twelve faculty/student projects as well as a summer electronics camp.

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About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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