Congratulations to Brandon Pratt, who was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Congratulations to Brandon Pratt, first-year QBioS student, who was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. For the 2018 competition, NSF received over 12,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. Brandon will receive full-time support through this fellowship for three years.
Brandon intends to develop a neuroscience-focused thesis under the supervision of Professor Simon Sponberg (Biological Sciences/Physics). Brandon's research interest is in sensory motor integration. Specifically, he is interested in how complex sensory information across multiple modalities is transformed into behaviorally relevant motor commands. In the Sponberg Lab, his research will be focused on how a moth “sees” a flower during tracking. In particular, he is interested in how different modes of visual information are modulated during this naturalistic flower tracking behavior as well as how those visual information pathways interact with the mechanosensory system.