Meredith N. Schmehl


Neuroscientist | Science Communicator | Musician | Volunteer | Leader

I'm a science communicator, neuroscience researcher, and volunteer with a drive to apply my leadership skills to cultivate excitement about science, advocate for diverse and inclusive STEM education, and promote a more informed global community.

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University. As a member of the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Groh, I study how visual and auditory perceptions are integrated in the monkey brain. In May 2018, I completed dual undergraduate degrees in Neurobiology (B.S.) and Cognitive Psychology (B.S.) at Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied visual behavior and neural correlates in mice in the laboratory of Dr. Sandra Kuhlman.

Outside of my research, I am actively involved in science communication efforts including outreach, writing, and policy. For my leadership in educational outreach as an undergraduate, I have been recognized as the 2018 National Outstanding Member of the Year by Nu Rho Psi, the national neuroscience honor society. I also enjoy writing about science for the public, and currently serve as an Associate Editor of the Duke Science Review and a Contributing Writer for the Duke SciPol Writers Studio. Finally, I am the editor and music producer of the Gastronauts podcast (coming July 2, 2019!), a podcast about scientists who study how the gut talks to the brain. I plan to pursue a career in which I can foster a greater appreciation for and understanding of science and its importance in society, advocate for sustained funding for scientific research, and support diverse and inclusive practices in higher education.

In addition to my interests within science, I am also an avid freelance cellist and musical composer, and a dedicated volunteer both within and outside of my campus communities.

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