Apply for a 2016 Grass Fellowship
Spend a summer at the MBL doing your independent research, all expenses paid! Application deadline: Dec.5.
Click for more information.Depicted is Drew Friedman GF2015
Grass Fellowship Program
Kamran Khodakhah of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Matt Kittleberger of Gettysburg College lead the Grass Fellowship Program, which supports investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their careers. The hallmark program of the Grass Foundation, many Grass Fellows have gone on to become leaders in neuroscience.
2015 Eppendorf Prize Winner
Composite image of a salamander (Eurycea guttolineata) capturing a cricket with high-speed tongue projection. The cricket's velocity is such that, were the salamander to project at the delayed neural image formed on the retina, it would miss the cricket by a full body length. Salamanders aim their tongues by using linear extrapolation to estimate future prey position, thereby compensating for internal delays from both visual and motor processing. For more information, see the article by Borghuis and Leonardo (GF 2007).
Grass Fellowship Program
Alberto Pereda of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Director 2012-2014) and Jade Zee Northeastern University (Associate Director 2010-2013) led the Grass Fellowship Program, which supports investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their careers. The hallmark program of the Grass Foundation, many Grass Fellows have gone on to become leaders in neuroscience. Current Director is Kamran Khodakhah and Matt Kittelberger serves as Associate Director.
Each summer, nearly 50 commercial vendors loan close to $1M worth of their latest equipment and provide technical support to the Grass Fellowship Program. Fellows have the opportunity to use the spectacular array of leading edge microscopes, cameras, electrophysiology setups, and other specialized instruments before they hit the retail market.
(pictured: Adair Oesterle, Sutter Instrument Company)
Forming Lasting Connections
Grass Fellows function as both an intellectual and social group during their summer at the MBL. Scholarly activities like a weekly private seminar series offer extraordinary opportunities for professional networking with prominent scientists, while social events ranging from an expedition on the MBL’s collecting boat, Gemma, to weekly dinners, to the annual July 4th parade allow fellows to grow not only scientifically, but develop friendships that span a lifetime.