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Student Conducts Behavioral Neuroscience Research

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Sarret Seng discovered a passion for research while working on numerous projects in behavioral neuroscience at CSULB. With the guidance of her faculty mentor, Dr. Arturo Zavala (Psychology), Seng has presented research findings at various international and national conferences, such as the Society for Neuroscience.

Before graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Seng successfully defended her honor's thesis project, which examined the functional consequences of pre-school age children's exposure to Ritalin. Last summer Seng also worked as a research intern on a molecular neuroscience project that examined the role of acetylcholine receptors in preventing neurodegeneration at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

Seng has also spent her time at CSULB volunteering at the Long Beach Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospital and at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center. As a volunteer, Seng fulfilled her desire to work closely with patients. Her urge to conduct research led her to work on research projects at the VA hospital that were focused on improving patient care and developing techniques to effectively ameliorate the symptoms of diseases and ailments.

At CSULB Seng has also been able to teach and mentor students as a supplemental instructional leader for a psychobiology course. This experience solidified her interest in becoming an academic.

Seng's hard work and commitment have earned her numerous honors, including 2015 Outstanding Graduate in the College of Liberal Arts, 2015 Most Outstanding Senior in the Psychology Department and the 2014 Outstanding Research Scholar from the Summer Research Institute at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.

Seng is also the recipient of the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and the university's Women in Philanthropy Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Scholarship, both of which helped fund her research activities at CSULB.

This summer Seng is working at UCLA under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Silverman, head of the Neuronuclear Imaging Section of the Ahmanson Translational Imaging Division, where she will be assisting on a project that is examining the relationship between ovarian hormones and Alzheimer's disease using PET imaging techniques.

In the fall, Seng plans to complete her prerequisites for a Master's in Nursing Science, followed by a doctorate degree in nursing. Due to her passion for neuroscience, she plans to specialize in working with patients who suffer from neurodegenerative disorders. She ultimately plans to combine research, clinical practice, and teaching to contribute to improving the health care field and the lives of individuals suffering from neurodegenerative disorders.

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