The John W. Haycock Memorial Graduate Student Travel Award


Purpose and Criteria: This award was established to honor John W. Haycock, a former UCI graduate student. Dr. Haycock’s siblings established this endowed award, and many friends and colleagues have also contributed to it. The award will be presented to an outstanding graduate student in neuroscience to assist him/her in attending the annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN) conference. The student must prepare an abstract and plan on presenting their research at the SFN meeting. The purpose of the award is to defray the student’s registration and travel costs to the meeting.

Eligibility: Must be a graduate student who is in the laboratory of a CNLM Fellow on the UCI campus.

Awards available: 1 or more $1,000 awards

Requirements: CV/resume (max 2 pages), unofficial transcript, and a personal statement addressing research accomplishments, experience, and how the student will benefit from travel and presenting at SFN (500 words).


Mara Burns
Mara Burns

(Advisor: Dr. Leslie Thompson)
"Star Light, Star Bright: How Huntington's disease breaks an astrocyte"

Jharrayne McKnight

(Advisor: Dr. Leslie Thompson)
"Dont Stress Out: Stress granules in Huntington's disease"

Laraka (Lara) Taniguchi

(Advisor: Dr. Tallie Z. Baram)
"To eat or not to eat Cocoa Pebbles: Sex differences in effects of early life adversity"

Kate Tsourmas

(Advisor: Dr. Kim Green)
"Replacing the brain's immune cells to treat disease"

Mariya Vodyanyk

(Advisor: Dr. Susanne Jaeggi)
"Seeing the world differently by learning to draw"


CNLM Award Recipient, Erica Ward
Erica Ward

(Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Chrastil)
"Detecting dynamic brain networks during navigation"

CNLM Award Recipient, Malia Bautista
Malia Bautista

(Advisor: Dr. Christie Fowler)
"The missing lynx in nicotine relapse"

CNLM Award Recipient, Gerardo Sandoval
Gerardo Sandoval

(Advisor: Dr. Javier Diaz)
"You can't 'slot' with us: GluA1 ATD protein interactions mediating AMPA receptor trafficking"

CNLM Award Recipient, Jaclyn Beck
Jaclyn Beck

(Advisor: Dr. Mathew Blurton-Jones)
"Why are T cells invading the brain in Alzheimer's disease?"


Carlene Chinn

(Advisor: Dr. Marcelo Wood)
"How our true age can be defined by our epigenetic signature"

Andra Ionescu

(Advisor: Dr. Carl Cotman)
"How exercise changes gene expression"

Scott Kilianski

(Advisor: Dr. Bruce McNaughton)
"Does the hippocampus conduct a neural orchestra?"


Taylor Nakayama

(Advisor: Dr. Sunil Gandhi)
"Turning back the clock on our brain's plasticity"

Forrest Weghorst

(Advisor: Dr. Karina Cramer)
"How the ear finds the brain"


XiaoTing Zheng

XiaoTing research focuses on rewiring the brain using neuronal transplantation.

 Kara Wendel

Kara's research focuses on understanding reward circuit modifications following early life adversity.



Caitlin Suire

Caitlin researches Alzheimer's Disease.

Mitchell Farrell

Mitchell's research focuses on understanding the brain mechanisms of risky decision making.


Maria Montchal, PhD

While at UCI, Maria was interested in understanding how brain regions work together to support memory for complex, dynamic events.