Department of Psychiatry

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-2223

Department Grad Research Assistant Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

April 29, 2013

Congratulations to Michael A. Hunter, a current graduate research assistant in the Department’s Center for Psychiatric Research, on being selected for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Hunter, who is working toward his PhD in Psychology – in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior program – will receive his Master’s degree this May.

In our Department, he works on projects with Drs. Cañive, Bustillo, Thoma, and Abbott.

Some of these projects also tie into Hunter’s own academic studies. “My thesis looked at functional connectivity in people with schizophrenia and measures of attention,” he says. “I want to get to the core of the problem and hope someday to positively affect it.”

Hunter’s proposal to the NSF continues this research by using transcranial stimulation techniques to enhance attentional networks. He’ll be conducting this research in the new Psychology Clinical Neuroscience Center.

According to his notification letter, Hunter was selected based on his “outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as [his] potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.”