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Grad Slam Finalist Profile: Neuroscience Ph.D. Student Lindsay Cameron

Lindsay Cameron in the lab
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (All day)

Meet Lindsay Cameron,
Neuroscience Graduate Student and Grad Slam Finalist

Lindsay Cameron

Program, Degree & Year of Study
Neuroscience Ph.D. program, 4th year

Research Interests
Depression (and other neuropsychiatric disorders), how drugs work and how drugs affect connectivity between brain regions

Previous Degree(s) & College(s)
BSc. McGill University

Title of Grad Slam Presentation
Rethinking Psychedelics

Describe your presentation style in three words. 
Engaging, energetic and articulate!

What did you do to prepare for Grad Slam? 
Practice, practice, practice! Both alone and in front of friends and labmates.

What initially attracted you to your field of study? 
Psychedelics are some of the most powerful drugs we know of, and yet we know very little about them. Given the urgent need for antidepressants and related therapeutics across the country, psychedelics are a promising option.

What do you like to do in your free time? 
Go backpacking! I love to explore, so when I'm not in lab, you can usually find me in the woods or summiting mountains :)

Do you have any mentors who helped you develop your interest and strength in research communication? If so, how did they help you?
I have two mentors I would like to recognize. My thesis PI, David Olson, has spent a lot of time and effort in refining our presentation skills. Secondly, my friend Stela Petkova presented at GradSlam last year and also made it to the top 10! She made it look fun and it's the reason I tried it out myself. She's since entered coach-mode and has been helping me refine and update my style. Huge thanks to Stela!

If you could invite one person (from any point in history) to sit in the audience and view your presentation at the April 7 Final Round, who would it be and why? 
Albert Hoffman, the creator of LSD. I want to show him how revolutionary and inspirational his discovery has become!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
With my own lab, investigating these types of questions!

Join Us for the Campus Final Round 

The finalists will compete against each other at the UC Davis Final Round during National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week at the Activities and Recreation Center Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Ballroom on Tuesday, April 7. The event is free and open to the public, and seats can be reserved via Eventbrite. Graduate Studies will be spotlighting each of the finalists in news features in the weeks leading up to the Final Round.

The winner of the campus final round will have the opportunity to compete at the University of California-wide competition on May 8.  Last year's UC Davis champion was Plant Biology Ph.D. candidate Katie Murphy, who went on to win the top University of California prize of $6,000.

For more information about UC Davis Grad Slam, visit the Grad Slam website or contact Kathryn Raley, Program and Event Manager for Graduate Studies, at

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