Cognitive Neuroscience student receives 2020 Mortar Board Outstanding Senior Award
Ashley Bielawski, who is graduating this spring with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Physics, received the Senior Recognition award on the basis of her exceptional academic performance and contribution to the excellence of both the neuroscience program and the University of Montana. She carried our research in the laboratory of her mentor Dr. Sarah Certel, investigating the effects of the gut microbiome on behavioral aggression using fruit flies ( Drosophila melanogaster) as a model organism. Ashley presented her results at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. It is also notable that she is committed to supporting young scientists and volunteers as a science fair judge and at the SpectrUM science museum. Ashley’s current plans are to continue her education and research training in a neuroscience graduate program.