Surgent ’17 Sets Sites on Career in Autism Research

Some students enroll at Hamilton undecided as to their academic path; others know exactly what track they want to pursue. Olivia Surgent ’17 is in the latter group.  She’s been interested in neuroscience, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), since middle school when she began teaching swim lessons to children on the spectrum. This summer Surgent is advancing on that path as an intern at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior in Madison, Wisc.  The center specializes in understanding neurological functions of children with developmental disorders such as ASD.   Surgent and her advisor Dr. Brittany Travers are looking at the effects of improved motor function on neural networks in young adults with ASD and Surgent is confident  she’s  found her niche. “When I arrived at Hamilton and began…


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