Stephanie Uroda ‘23 won for her paper “BPA Reduces Anxiety Behavior in Female Mice,” written for Professor Meredith Rauhut’s Perspectives in Neuroscience course. Stephanie majors in Neuroscience and Chemistry.
Her research demonstrates that limited exposure to the chemical BPA decreased anxiety-like behavior in female juvenile mice, but recognizes that other studies show that long-term exposure can have harmful effects, including damage to the endocrine system and development of juveniles. The work was nominated by Professor Rauhut because, in her words, Stephanie produced superior findings that demonstrated an ability to synthesize and integrate previous work. Our science librarian Nick Lonergan said that Stephanie “did a great job integrating a variety of appropriate sources and produced a high-quality finished product in a scientific writing style. She engaged with resources in an analytical way, using them to argue against each other and discuss contradictions.”