Meredith N. Schmehl


Neuroscientist | Science Communicator | Musician | Volunteer | Leader

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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. Candidate 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. Before coming to Duke, 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, policy, and multimedia. As an undergraduate, I founded a chapter of Nu Rho Psi (the national neuroscience honor society) and led our chapter through over 30 annual hours of educational outreach in the community. For my leadership as the founding president of this group, I was recognized as the 2018 National Outstanding Member of the Year by the national organization. I also enjoy writing about science for the public, and have served as an Associate Editor of the Duke Science Review and an independent science writer for various publications. I have also translated these writing skills to connect science with policy as a contributing writer for the Duke Writers Studio and as a member of the National Science Policy Network. Finally, I am the editor and music producer of the Gastronauts Podcast, a podcast about scientists who study how the gut talks to the brain. I look forward to leveraging these experiences to pursue a career in science communication and advocacy, in which I can foster a greater appreciation for science and its importance in society.

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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