CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 40 seventh grade students from Flour Bluff Junior High School visited the Neuroscience Lab run by Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on March 21.
The students, who are currently learning about brain functions, were able to experience science at the college level for the first time. The trip focused on encouraging two groups of gifted and talented students to consider pursuing a career in the sciences.
“We want students to be exposed to science research as soon as possible,” said Mozzachiodi. “In the classroom, they learn from a book, but they need to also see science as it happens on a daily basis, right here, in their own hometown!”
Students were excited to have the opportunity to see some of the neuroscience researchers in action. Mozzachiodi and his lab researchers are currently working on how the brain forms and retains memories. Mozzachiodi says his research could one-day lead to the mysteries behind medical conditions in which memories are impaired. He promotes exposing young students to the wonders of research and does this by hosting school group tours of his lab.“It is our hope that those who have a passion for science will be encouraged to pursue a career in science,” said Maria McDonel, a Flour Bluff Junior High science teacher. “For those who are unsure about what they want to do, we hope they consider the possibility.”