PBS graduate student C. Leo Jimenez Chavez receives Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring award

July 3, 2024

PBS graduate student C. Leo Jimenez Chavez, who has worked in PBS Professor Dr. Karen Szumlinski’s  Behavioral & Neural Genetics Laboratory since 2017, is one of only four graduates on campus to be awarded the highly-competitive Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring award. The award recognizes a distinguished track record of successfully mentoring and guiding undergraduate research. Leo’s mentorship includes the training of 24 undergraduate students, resulting in at least four peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has also actively participated in the K-6 Brainiacs outreach program, UCSB’s Future Me program aimed at high-school students, and is currently a Grad Mentor for UCSB’s Access Grads. Leo’s Ph.D. dissertation compares sex differences in the effects of a history of binge-drinking during adolescence versus adulthood on emotional cognitive processing. He defended his dissertation in June, 2024.

Congratulations, Leo!