Perhaps it's something in the water of the Winder lab? This month, we're featuring not just one but two undergraduate students from this Vanderbilt neuroscience lab. Both of April's featured undergraduate SIM researchers are ambitious and devoted student researchers while nurturing their personal and social lives through being active members of unique campus organizations.
Meet the first student researcher of our April double-feature: Nicolette (Nikki) Frazer.
Researching in the Winder lab, Nikki is studying the behavior of sucrose-addicted mice. She fosters mice to become addicted to sucrose in a 2 bottle choice paradigm, and then does behavioral tests on them during the withdrawal addiction. Through her research, she hopes to study these depressive phenotypes and to compare the effects of sucrose addiction and alcohol addiction, in hopes to draw a parallel between the two.
Outside of research, Nikki is a double neuroscience and Spanish major, and is currently studying abroad in Barcelona! Competitive and caring, she is an active member of both the Vanderbilt Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys baking, watching movies, and latin dancing. She is not set on a future path yet, but is currently open to MD, DVM, and PhD programs.
¡Buena suerte con tu trabajo, Nikki!