August Phelps

Bullis School

Class of 2021

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Collaborated With The World’s Premier Scientists, Professors, And Professionals In The Field Of Neuroscience

Synthesized New Neuroscience Knowledge Into A Proposal For A Neuroscience Experiment

Engaged In Meaningful Activities With Discussions About Cognitive Neuroscience And Neuroethics

August Booker Phelps is a rising Senior at the Bullis School. August is an honer roll student enrolled in multiple AP and Honors courses.

August's is an avid rock climber and cyclist. He is president of his school's International Thespian Society and is also a member of the National Honor Society. When he has free time outside his summer job creating marketing materials for a local surgeon, August enjoys cooking and baking.

August looks forward to the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit this summer after his strong experience with the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit last summer. He finds patient care especially interesting and hopes to eventually work as a trauma surgeon. In the future, August wants to use the skills he has learned to provide patients care in critical situations.

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The Frontier of Neuroscience

Collaborating With Leading Neuroscientists

I had the unique opportunity to work with Dr. Giordano, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program at Georgetown University.

I worked closely with Dr. Giordano’s expert team of neuroscientists and neuroethics specialists, including Dr. Rachel Wurzman, Director of Science at SeekHealing.

Dr. Wurzman was an amazing resource to discuss the range of applications of neuroscience.

Premier Neuroscience Software

I had the chance to work with Dr. John VanMeter, Director of Neuroimaging Corps at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Dr. VanMeter gave us access to MRICron, a free, interactive software that allowed us to view various fMRI images.

Dr. VanMeter then described the rationale, protocols, capabilities, and limitations of state of the art forms of fMRI and tract tracing.



My Neuroscience Presentation



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Neuroscience Lectures

Anatomy Of The Brain

Neurodiversity Panel

Presentation To Medical Experts

Neuroscience Lectures

Neuroscience Program Highlights

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At the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship, I had the opportunity to learn at a medical student-level from some of the premier neuroscience professors and doctors in the United States and abroad.

When I wasn’t hard at work on my own research proposal with the guidance of Dr. Giordano and Dr. Wurzman, I was inspired by the fascinating research presented in lectures. The experts and speakers treated me as if I were a fellow scientist with experience in research and went in-depth into their findings.

Whether Dr. Green was teaching me about stimulating creativity in the brain or Dr. Shook was explaining how ethics and culture influence the brain, I got to learn about the most recent neuroscience being discovered.

These panels and lectures made me curious about my future in research, as well as the complexities of the brain.

Neuroanatomy

The brain is an amazing three-pound organ that controls all functions of the body, interprets information from the outside world, and embodies the essence of the mind and soul.

Through this internship, I was able to see Dr. Brent Harris, Director of The Georgetown Brain Bank, dissect a brain.

The Georgetown Brain Bank provides integrated educational, clinical and experimental resources to their community. They also carry out detailed neuropathological evaluation as well as stewardship of tissue/biofluid procurement, storage, and distribution.

Intelligence, creativity, emotion, and memory are a few of the many things governed by the brain. Protected within the skull, the brain is composed of the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem.

Neurodiversity Panel

Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized as normal rather than a deficit. These differences can include those labeled with Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Tourettes, and more.

This allowed us to explore current insights to our biological diversity as well as what this means for interpersonal, community, social, and legal regard in clinical treatment.

Dr. Rossi then described ways that new developments in brain sciences allows us to expand our view of human beings. This has provided us with the building blocks for new psychiatry as well as a greater understanding of diversity, dysfunction, disability, and social responsibility.

In this panel, psychiatrist Dr. P. Justin Rossi provided us with a historical background of psychiatric normality and abnormality.

Neuroscience Research Proposal

After learning so much about the brain, I worked with a team of students to design a research proposal to address unanswered ethical questions about the future of neuroscience. I used the information from previous lectures as a starting foundation and then conducted research through online publications.

In our research proposal, we included a hypothesis, variables, a proposed procedure, tests we would use, and even explored the ethical, legal, and social implications of doing our research.

I used the Scientific Method to create a novel idea that could be investigated in the future. My team and I presented our proposal to a panel of esteemed doctors, ethicists, and professionals in the field.

Ultimately, my group decided upon tackling a rarely investigated question, making our research proposal the cutting-edge of neuroethics.