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USD CBBRe Students Present at Midwest Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience

USD student Rachel Rucker at the MidBrains Conference with her poster project. Rachel Rucker, a USD sophomore majoring in neuroscience and chemistry, received recognition for her poster presentation at the 2019 Midwest Regional Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Student representatives from the University of South Dakota Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) presented their work at the annual MidBrains conference held in Rock Island, Illinois in September.

Rachel Rucker, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience and chemistry from Yankton, South Dakota, was awarded the Nu Rho Sci Poster with Distinction for her presentation of “Identification of enzymes involved in 2-Arachidonylglycerol synthesis and metabolism in Hirudo verbena.”

Kevin Krupp, a biology graduate student from Buffalo, New York, took part of the Graduate Panel Research section with his talk "Tripping out of Depression: Uncovering the Therapeutic Mechanisms of Serotonergic Psychedelics."

USD CBBRe faculty also gave presentations and participated in recruitment activities for the various neuroscience and behavioral science graduate programs at USD.

The MidBrains conference is a joint effort of the MidBrains Neuroscience Consortium – a network of faculty from undergraduate neuroscience programs in the upper Midwest – and co-sponsored by CBBRe. This annual event provides a forum for undergraduate students in the Midwest to present research findings, to attend research lectures and special panels, meet with area graduate program representatives and meet other undergraduate students interested in the neurosciences.


CBBRe provides outstanding training of research students and fellows, feeding the pipeline of creative independent scientists in the fields of neuroscience and behavioral science within the northern plain states and nationally. The core members of the center are recognized in their field and are actively involved in research and the education of students, and in service to the neuroscience community.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News