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Fulbright award lights path for Creighton junior

Abbie MollisonAbbie Mollison’s 2021 is proving memorable.

The Creighton University junior has been awarded a coveted Fulbright scholarship that under normal circumstances would have meant spending the upcoming summer in the Canadian city of Vancouver. The work she would have performed there goes on, however, but in the virtual Zoom format now so familiar to students around the world a year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mollison’s Fulbright award calls on her to work with scientists at the Simon Fraser University Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Institute in Vancouver. Her work will involve an advanced research project dedicated to categorizing and cataloging electroencephalograms, more commonly known as EEGs.

“I really like working with EEGs,” says Mollison. “I think it's super fascinating, and I absolutely love getting — for lack of a better term — my hands dirty in research.”

Mollison, who is double majoring in neuroscience and French, is part of the first group accepted to a new Fulbright program in Canada. Known as the Fulbright Canada-MITACS Globalinks Program, it is rare because it is available to undergraduates whereas Fulbrights are usually reserved for graduates or graduating seniors. It will support Mollison during a 10- to 12-week period as she pursues her assigned research.

It is, Mollison says, a perfect way to spend a summer.

“I am very much a detail person, and so anything where I can finick with stuff I just absolutely love it,” she says. “Especially being that neuroscience is such a huge field where just about everything is fascinating to me. I think just all around it will be very eye-opening for me and will give me more experience in my field.”

A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mollison came to Creighton in 2018 on the strength of a recommendation of a family friend whose son enrolled to study chemistry.

“They kind of sold it to me over a few years, and then I visited on Special Programs Day. It was between here or the University of Washington in Seattle, but after I met with Dr. [Jeffrey] Hause with the honors program I was sold on Creighton.”

Mollison’s pairing of French with neuroscience is no accident. Having studied abroad in France during her high school years, she says the French language and French culture impacted her deeply and she hopes one day to pursue a PhD in behavioral neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, which is considered among the best schools in the world for neuroscience.

The close of Mollison’s junior year is certainly proving remarkable. In addition to her Fulbright, she has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Creighton University’s Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholarship for Women in Science.

All these awards have been profoundly confirming, Mollison says.

“Like so many people, I sometimes fall victim to that old impostor syndrome,” she says. “Getting the email about the Fulbright, and now these other scholarships, it’s just confirmation that I'm doing the right thing. It just feels so rewarding.”

Students and alumni interested in pursuing a Fulbright should contact Samantha Senda-Cook, PhD, at


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