University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Neuroscience Major


The fundamental purpose of academic advising in the Neuroscience Program is to assist students in clarifying and meeting their educational and career goals. All majors are assigned a faculty advisor with expertise in fields related to neuroscience as well as experience with the curriculum associated with the neuroscience major at UVM.  However, students who have navigated the neuroscience major at UVM have experiences and insights that are valuable to other students in the major, and can also serve as effective advisors on issues related to the neuroscience curriculum and extra-curricular activities in neuroscience at UVM.  The following students have volunteered to serve as peer advisors for students in neuroscience.  Please feel free to contact them if you have questions related to the neuroscience curriculum (for example, what is it like to take a particular class?  What other courses did you take when you took NSCI 110?), and/or extracurricular activities (for example, how did you get involved in research?  Where do I find out more information regarding my pre-health interests?).

Please remember that peer advisors exist as a complement to faculty advisors, and are not meant to be a substitute for faculty advice.  It is important that you also discuss your course work, career goals, etc. with your faculty advisor.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Program Director (Professor Jom Hammack:


Tuesday, March 17   Lafayette L202  4-6 pm: Sarah Light  
Wednesday, March 18 Lafayette L202 4-6 pm: Prairie Lefebvre 6-8 pm: Morgan Mathews
Thursday, March 19     Lafayette L307 4-6 pm: Julia
6-8 pm: Morgan Mathews
Tuesday, March 24 Lafayette L202 4-6 pm: Sarah Light 6-8 pm: Angela Brisson
Wednesday, March 25 Lafayette L202 4-6 pm: Prairie Lefebvre  6-8 pm: Angela Brisson
Thursday, March 26  Lafayette L307 4-6 pm: Julia Huessy  

Angela Brisson

Senior Neuroscience Major

The neuroscience undergraduate program at UVM allows students to choose from a variety of courses to fit their career and educational goals whether it be applying to medical school, a graduate program, or entering directly into the research field. Thus far, research has been the highlight of my undergraduate studies. I was fortunate to have the flexibility in my schedule to join Dr. Eugene Delay’s chemoreceptive senses lab the spring of my sophomore year. My continued research concerning the effects of cyclophosphamide on the taste system has allowed me to expand upon my knowledge of taste physiology and research design. I hope to graduate with a strong background in research, the culmination of which may lead to collaboration in a formal publication.

My goals include a career in the medical field, practicing as either a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. Regardless, I would like to continue to be involved in research, perhaps through clinical research related to treating disorders and diseases of the nervous system.

Outside of research and academics, I am a member of Kappa Delta sorority. I love our confidence platform, getting to know members of the Greek community, and supporting and working with our philanthropies (Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America), both of which have local ties in the Burlington area.

Julia Huessy

Senior Neuroscience Major

The brain has always fascinated me. It is amazing to think that one organ is in control of determining who we are. How we think, how we feel, whom we love, and our personality, all comes from a network of neurons. My other passions include Latin American culture and Spanish. I lived in Chile for a year before coming to UVM and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during my junior year where I completed a Spanish minor. For my thesis, I am investigating the effects of bilingualism on the brain. I have also participated in research in Jom Hammack’s lab, studying the effects of PACAP on pain sensitization, and worked in a neuroscience lab in Chile where I investigated the molecular components of the circadian clock. Following graduation, I will be moving to Buenos Aires to pursue a career in neuroscience.

Prairie Lefebvre

Senior Neuroscience Major

I chose the neuroscience major because I really wanted to learn about the biology of behavior. I enjoy learning concepts and ideas that I can apply to my job as an EMT. I have gained so much insight into mental illness and neurological diseases. My research as an undergrad was on a protein related to Usher Syndrome Type IIIB. I transfected, fixed, stained and imaged mouse cells looking for our protein of interest. I am preparing to apply to medical school this spring and I hope to work in the medical field in my gap year.

Sarah Light

Senior Neuroscience Major

I have always been interested in finding out why and how things work and this is why the field of neuroscience fascinates me. I am particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms of development and my thesis project investigates the role of the plexinA1 receptor in early eye development of zebrafish. After graduation, I will begin my PhD training in neuroscience. I am an avid dancer and president of the Celtic Cats, UVM's Irish dance group.

Morgan Mathews

Senior Neuroscience Major

I was drawn to neuroscience in a high school anatomy and physiology class, where I first realized the extent of control the nervous system exerts over the rest of the body with high precision. I enjoy studying neuroscience at the physiological level, especially as it relates to aging and disease. Currently, I am doing research with Dr. Margaret A. Vizzard, studying changes in protein (PACAP and TRPV channel) expression in the lumbosacral spinal cord, dorsal root ganglion, and bladder of mice with interstitial cystitis (bladder inflammation). I am also a steering committee member of the Tobacco Free UVM Initiative, a UTA for BCOR 012, and a volunteer in the hospital’s pediatrics unit. After graduation, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.


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