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Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors directly and ask questions about their research. If you are given the opportunity to participate in research, take it! You will learn so much and gain valuable experience that is applicable to your future education and career.

Neuroscience and Criminal Justice

Research Topic: Patient and Public Perceptions of the Invasiveness of Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions Graduation Year: 2022

Marissa's Peer Advising Hours


Research Experience


  • Perceptions of beliefs of the use of electric and magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression (and various ethical issues)
  • The sex differences in stress and immunological responses and the action of mast cells


  • Data entry on juvenile risk assessments at the Ingham County courthouse including a study about mental illness in court-involved youth
  • Study on victim-offender relationship and demographics concerting transgender/gender non-conforming individuals in the U.S.
  • Using transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat opioid use disorder with a combined EEG-TMS approach
  • Impact of trauma on reward function in the cingulate cortex


  • Statistical analysis using SPSS
  • Working with human subjects, including conducting interviews and using Brain Vision analyzer
  • Literature review and writing research papers
  • Contributing to study design
  • Conducting experiments with an animal model, including immunocytochemistry (ICC) protocols
  • Lab maintenance
  • Creating surveys and coding qualitative data

Campus Involvement

  • President, Neuroscience Club, 2021-present
  • Membership Director, Women in STEM, 2021-present
  • Member, Slam Poetry Club, 2020-present
  • Player, IM Soccer/Volleyball/Indoor Soccer/Futsal, 2019-present

Post-Graduation Plans

Gap year/internship