The inaugural class of the Buffett Institute Graduate Scholars program presented its research at a symposium on May 2. The 2016-17 Buffett Scholars, University of Nebraska doctoral students Jon Cavanaugh (UNO), Abbey Gregg (UNMC), and Amanda Moen (UNL), along with their faculty mentors, shared their findings and described the implications for the early childhood field.
Jon Cavanaugh, of Mont Vernon, N.H., is a student in the neuroscience and behavior program in the Department of Psychology at UNO. Cavanaugh's research with marmoset monkeys focuses on the effects of oxytocin on social motivation and social attractiveness in early development. His faculty mentor is Dr. Jeffrey French, professor and director of the neuroscience undergraduate program in UNO’s Department of Psychology.
The Buffett Scholars program awards 1- or 2-year fellowships worth up to $25,000 annually to a maximum of four doctoral students. The overriding goal of the program, which was launched last year, is to increase the diversity and skills of young scholars conducting research about children from birth through age 8 and their families. The 2017-18 Buffett Scholars awards will be announced next month.