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Ivan Ezquerra Romano and Emmett Thompson receive Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship

Students Ivan Ezquerra Romano and Emmett Thompson receive scholarship to do research over summer.

Two undergraduate students have won the Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship to do their own research project during summer vacations.

Ivan Ezquerra Romano received the Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship to work with Joseph Devlin on a project entitled “the neuroscience of nudge”. Nudge theory (or “Nudge”) is a concept in behavioural science which argues that positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance can influence the motives, incentives and decision making of groups and individuals at least as effectively than direct instruction, legislation, or enforcement.

Emmett Thompson will be investigating “The neural odometer function of entorhinal grid cells in rats navigating a multi-planar environment.” Supported by the Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship, he aims to investigate the role of the grid cell system of the medial entorhinal cortex in the computation of spatial navigation. In his project supervised by Kate Jefferey, Emmett will be assessing the ability of rats to perform a distance estimation task in both horizontal and vertical space, as well as when the two dimensions are combined

The Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarship awards provide promising undergraduates with hands-on experience of research during the summer vacation, with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research.

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Congratulations Ivan and Emmett, and good luck for your projects!