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neuroSC

Taking advantage of the virtual nature of the times, neuroSC intends to stimulate an interest in college as well as an educational path leading to a career in neuroscience.

What

neuroSC is a 10-week volunteer-taught online course for high school students. Course topics range from basic brain anatomy to artificial intelligence. 

When

Tuesdays at 7 pm until 8 pm starting on January 11 via WebEx

Why

Over the course of 10 weeks, students will be able to:

  • Meet undergraduate, graduate or medical students​​ to learn more about neuroscience education and various career paths

  • Connect with like minded students across the state

  • Learn more about the brain, mental health, and more! 

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We would like to voice our gratitude to the Dana Foundation for awarding a Brain Awareness Week grant to help fund neuroSC and the South Carolina Brain Bee! We are most appreciative for this funding that is helping to bring neuroSC and the Brain Bee to South Carolina!  

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Topics

Meet the coordinators

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Dr. Sarah "Kitty" Tryon

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

A native of Columbia, SC, Dr. Sarah (“Kitty”) Tryon grew up in the Palmetto State and pursued her Bachelor of Science degree from Furman University in Neuroscience (and German Studies).  After Furman, she earned a Fulbright Student Grant to Germany where she enjoyed teaching German high school students. It was in Germany where she became involved in the International Brain Bee, having assisted with the 2013 and 2014 German National Brain Bee competitions.  After her Fulbright, she returned to the U.S. to earn her PhD in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, where she founded the Graduate Association for Brain Awareness (GABA).  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Marlene Wilson's lab at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience researching the neural mechanisms underlying fear and emotional disorders.  Having assisted with the 2014 International Brain Bee and the 2015 USA National Brain Bee, she is more than excited to bring neuroscience education and competition to South Carolina high school students through neuroSC and the South Carolina Brain Bee! Dr. Tryon is passionate about improving treatments and cures for brain diseases through neuroscience research and education outreach initiatives. It is her goal of motivating the next generation to become compassionate, exceptional leaders in neuroscience research and medicine through creating neuroscience outreach opportunities for South Carolina students that drives her outreach work!

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Devin Kellis

MD-PhD Student

University of South Carolina School of Medicine 

Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

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Nicholas Maxwell

PhD Student

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

Nick Maxwell earned his bachelors from Roanoke College in Biology, then shortly thereafter began working as a lab manager and research assistant at a Neuroscience laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. After three years in that position, he joined the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine to pursue his PhD in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience. Currently he is the President of the Graduate Association for Brain Awareness (GABA), and is thrilled to be working with the other Coordinators to bring neuroSC and the South Carolina Brain Bee to South Carolina.

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Amanda Manea

Sophomore Undergraduate Student

University of South Carolina Honors College

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Teams

Public Relations Team

Leads: Karinne Cobb and Kyle Omondi

Ally Hall

Abby Weitkamp

Maya Youssef

Fatima Jatoi

Academic Team

Leads: Amanda Manea, Nick Maxwell, and Courtney Buchanan

Mansi Verma

Fatima Jatoi

Kelsie Kahl

Sarah Mott

Administrative Team

Leads: Dabriel Zimmerman

Gabby Gee

Samuel Adkins

Ryan Shriver