Jimena Santillan

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Graduated

Description:

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. I graduated with a bachelor in science of in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Honors as part of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. During my junior year I was a NIMH-COR program scholar, a National Institute of Mental Health sponsored program designed to provide underrepresented students with professional development and research training in psychology. This year I am a BP-ENDURE program scholar, a program funded by the National Institute of Health to support diverse students interested in neuroscience related carriers.

My research interests are in the neurocognitive development of attention and learning. I am currently working as a research assistant in the Language and Concept Development Lab at Hunter College under the mentorship of Dr. Sandeep Prasada. My main project focuses on the role of linguistic cues in the acquisition of generic knowledge (knowledge concerning kinds and their properties) about novel objects in adults and children. I also work as a research assistant in Dr. Jennifer Mangels’ Dynamic Learning lab at Baruch College, where I am assisting in a project examining the relationship between rumination and attention allocation during the processing of learning-relevant information.

After graduating in the Spring of 2012 I plan to pursue a PhD in cognitive neuroscience to study the mechanisms underlying effective learning at the neural level, with the purpose of using this knowledge as a tool to design interventions to address educational disparities and strive to close the achievement gap.

I have been accepted into the Cognitive Neuroscience program at the University of Oregon, where I was awarded a Promising Scholar Award. I will be working in the Brain Development lab under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Neville examining the neuroplasticity of selective attention and testing an intervention designed to improve this cognitive ability in children from low socio economic status.

I applied for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, which would support my graduate career. I expect to learn if I have received it in early April.

About Jimena: winner of an NSF Fellowship (Hunter College News , CUNY Portal

Awards and Fellowships Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2012 Promising Scholar Award, University of Oregon, 2012 Livingston Welch Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Hunter College, 2012 BP-Endure Fellowship, NIH Pre-Baccalaureate Training Program, 2011-2012 Career Opportunities in Research Fellowship, NIMH Pre-Baccalaureate Training Program, 2010-2011

Presentation Summary:

  • November 14, 2011 : Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Responses to Speech Sounds: Native Language Experience Shapes Perception.
  • November 12, 2011 : Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Responses to Speech Sounds: Native Language Experience Shapes Perception
  • August 4, 2011 : Electrophysiological and Psychophysical Responses to Speech Sounds: Native Language Experience Shapes Perception
  • May 17, 2011 : The role of Linguistic Cues in The Acquisition of Generic Knowledge About Novel Objects
  • April 10, 2011 : The role of Linguistic Cues in The Acquisition of Generic Knowledge About Novel Objects
  • November 11, 2010 : Children’s Explanations and What They Reveal About Their Conceptions of Free Will: A Developmental Approach
  • July 29, 2010 : Children’s Explanations and What They Reveal About Their Conceptions of Free Will: A Developmental Approach