Ivy Center for Education students attended a neurochemistry workshop during the 2017 High School Science Day at the Marriott Hotel at Little Rock March 20.

Students at the workshop were Allen Smith, Jarod King, Elise Darton and Pashu’ar Grissom from Pine Bluff High School, Stephen Pinkins from Ridgway Christian School and Aleecia Evans from Estem Public Charter School.

Students learned about neurochemistry. Neurochemistry is the study of the structures and functions of neurochemicals generated to control the nervous system and provides the learning foundation for individuals interested in a career as a neuroscientist, according to a press release.

Students met neuroscientists from across the United States and graduate students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

“Information shared will become a part of their resumes, which will help them to gain entry into competitive colleges and universities and prepare for admission into medical schools of their choice,” a spokesman said.

Smith is a sophomore at PBHS.

“While at the workshop, I received incredible advice from people who are in various fields of neuroscience,” he said. “I had the chance to see many experiments that are being conducted by researchers from all over the world.”

The trip was sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Math and Science Pre-College STEM Center, where Sederick Rice serves as the director.

Mattie Collins is president of the Ivy Center.

“We enjoy a wonderful collaboration with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and are proud of the STEM opportunities that the university provides for our students,” she said. “We also enjoy our collaboration with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where we are on a mission to raise our own medical professionals for Jefferson County. ICE students enrolled in Club Scrub will receive their first White Coat during a ceremony in April.”

ICE students were invited to attend the neurochemistry workshop by Thad Rosenberger, Ph.D., associate professor of graduate programs, biomedical sciences at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota.

The Ivy Center for Education is a non-profit College Readiness/Youth Mentoring Program dedicated to promoting excellence in academics and character, which improves community stability for continued success.