Congratulations to Niesha Savory, a clinical neuroscience and psychology undergraduate student at Virginia Tech who conducts research at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, has always been fascinated with how the brain works. Savory was recently awarded a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Savory’s search for answers progressed from reading books to taking classes about brain anatomy. After graduation from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia, she enrolled in the Virginia Tech College of Science's School of Neuroscience.

In 2019, through the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Early Identification Program, Savory learned about the National Institutes of Health-funded, 10-week neuroSURF program at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, and she spent the summer working in Farris’s lab.