Join us for a LIVE speaker seminar followed by Q&A

Thursday, October 20, 2022 (5:00pm-6:00pm ET)

Dr. Nicole (Niko) Rigney

Georgia State University


Regulation of social behavior by distinct vasopressin sources


Nicole (Niko) Rigney is currently a PhD student at Georgia State University working with Drs. Aras Petrulis and Geert de Vries. She is currently an F31 NRSA awardee from NIMH and has won a number of grants and fellowships to support her research, including a dissertation research grant from Georgia State. Niko’s work aims to understand how sex differences in vasopressin innervation affect behavior. She has served as co-president of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association to promote diversity within her local scientific community through diversity-focused events and fundraisers and has been a passionate advocate for increasing diverse representation of STEM at her university.


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The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society is excited to continue the virtual, global seminar series for early career researchers, IBNS (is) Staying Connected.” 

The next installment is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2022 (5-6pm ET)  Please see the schedule below.

We will feature one speaker who is either a late-stage PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher and an IBNS member.  The speaker will have 30 minutes to present their research, followed by 5 minutes of introspection about their own methods, data, and future directions, and finish off with a 10-15 minute Q&A.  This will provide the selected ECR with a unique opportunity to engage with the IBNS membership. If you’re interested in being a speaker, please submit a 200-word abstract of your research and a 150-word diversity statement by 11:59pm ET November 11, 2022. Complete your application here or by clicking the button below.

Your abstract should clearly articulate your research question and approach, the interpretation of your findings and their implications, the innovativeness and impact of these findings, and should incorporate behavior.  

For the diversity statement, you should describe ways in which you have made efforts or plan to make future efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, with regards to culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or subculture, as described in the IBNS Diversity Statement.  A statement evaluated as Outstanding would include specific examples (e.g. partnering organizations, collaborators, and/or applicant led-initiatives/programs) of things that have been done or being planned, as well as a clear explanation how these examples promote diversity and inclusion within the field of behavioral neuroscience.   Your diversity statement will remain private among the few members reviewing the applications. Nothing in the diversity statement will be made public.

Ethics and Diversity Committee
Janine Kwapis, Chair
Christian Bravo-Rivera, Co-Chair
Nii Addy
Anand Gururajan
Carlos Bolanos
Martin Job
Erica Glasper
Karly Turner
Nicole Ferrara
Madison Clement

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