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Avanti Sawardekar

Junior, Biomedical Engineering major and a 2023 Neuroscience RPA CURE Fellow 

Research Mentor: Dr. Salvatore Cherra

Supported by the Neuroscience Research Priority Area


How will this summer research fellowship support your research efforts?

“This summer research fellowship will provide me with the financial support and resources necessary to continue my research. With this fellowship, I will be able to conduct experiments, analyze data, and present my findings at conferences. Additionally, the fellowship will give me the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers in neuroscience, which will allow me to gain new perspectives and insights. Overall, I believe that this fellowship will help me achieve my research goals and advance my career as a scientist.”


Why is research important?

“Research is important because it expands knowledge and understanding. By conducting research, we can validate existing theories, develop new ones, and uncover new information. Research is essential for societal progress and drives innovation and development in various fields. Additionally, research plays a crucial role in problem-solving and decision-making. It provides evidence and data to address complex issues. Research also fosters personal and professional growth by promoting critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and intellectual curiosity. It also has a significant impact on economic growth, as it leads to the creation of new industries and job opportunities.”


What advice would you give to other UK students thinking about doing research?

“I would advice students to find areas of study that genuinely interest them. Research is a long-term commitment, so choose a topic that excites and motivates you. Consider your passions, academic strengths, and future goals to guide your research direction. Secondly, it's important to seek guidance from professors and mentors: Reach out to faculty members who specialize in your area of interest. They can provide valuable guidance, recommend research opportunities, and help you shape your research goals. Building a strong relationship with mentors will provide you with invaluable support and advice throughout your research journey. Lastly, start early and plan ahead: Research takes time, so it's beneficial to start early and plan your research activities well in advance. Set clear goals and develop a timeline for your research project.”