Erskine Award

The Mary Erskine Undergraduate Research Award was established in 2009 in memory of former UROP director and CAS Biology professor, Mary Erskine. Dr. Erskine was a vigorous supporter of undergraduate research, and a strong advocate of inclusion of women and minorities in scientific research.

Application Information

The Erskine Award supports one student conducting research in the department of Biology. The UROP Faculty Advisory Committee selects the recipient of this award from the summer applicant pool.

2016 Awardee

  • Camila de Freitas
    Project title:
    Hippocampal Neuronal Activity Following Inactivation of Lateral Entorhinal Cortex
    Mentor: Howard Eichenbaum, CAS Psychological & Brain Sciences

Previous Awardees


Benjamin Coleman
Project Title: Investigating the Flaws and Potential Improvements of the Diagnostic Protocols of Alzheimer’s Disease – Studies on Subjective Memory Complaints as a Preclinical Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease
Mentor: Karin Schon, MED Anatomy & Neurobiology


Danielle Doctor
Project title:
Using Optogenetics to Inhibit Accessory Olfactory System Responses to Female Pheromones in Male Mice
Mentor: Michael Baum, CAS Biology


Alyson Alfonso
Project title:
Novel Word Learning Task: A Model of Lexical and Nonlexical Reading Methods
Mentor: Jacqueline Liederman, CAS Psychology


Curtis Hon
Project title:
A Sex Comparison of Lhx6 Expression in Specific Segments of the Murine Olfactory Pathway
Mentor: Michael Baum, CAS Biology


Michael Connerney
Project title:
Possible Theta Oscillatory Mechanisms Enable Time-dependent Activity of Grid Cells
Mentor: Michael Hasselmo,  CAS Psychology


Kaltra Dhima
Project title:
Longitudinal Analysis of Vision, Visuospatial Cognition, and Daily Function in Parkinson’s Disease
Mentor: Alice Cronin-Golomb, CAS Psychology


Ashish Bhandari
Project title:
Light Dependent Translocation of Gqa in Drosophila Retina
Mentor: Susan Tsunoda, CAS Biology