Biology professor earns grant to support undergraduate research

Emma Coddington, assistant professor of biology at Willamette University, has earned a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award to collaborate with students on research on the way hormones change behaviors.

The awards from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement support 48 early career scientists for research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty and their students at liberal arts colleges and primarily undergraduate universities.

Award-winners must involve their undergraduate students in the research in meaningful ways. Coddington’s project will have her students doing experiments that record directly from behavior-controlling neurons, tracking firing patterns and responses to sensory-like input.