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Rachel Haake, a graduate student in Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience, is the recipient of the 2018 King Research Excellence Award.

This award honors the late Dr. Richard King, a Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, for his many contributions to our department over the years. This award recognizes research excellence.

Rachel’s dissertation research will focus on characterizing alterations in neural signaling in the prefrontal cortex to nucleus accumbens pathway following prolonged abstinence from cocaine, and utilizing a novel rodent model of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to reduce cocaine-seeking behavior. Rachel plans to use her King Research Excellence Award to purchase new equipment and software that will enable more complex stimulation protocols for tACS investigations.

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