Patricia Izbicki

  • Kugelman Honors Scholar, Fall 2014

Patricia Izbicki graduated as a Kugelman Honors Scholar in Fall 2014. In Fall 2015, she began pursuit of a doctorate at Iowa State University.

“I chose the Neuroscience Interdepartmental Graduate Program at Iowa State not only because of the opportunity to pursue research on music and the brain, but also because I want to learn to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches into my future career,” Patricia wrote.  “I am very interested in the connection between music and neuroscience. As a classical pianist, I have experienced the physical, mental, and emotional effects of music.”

With a B.M. in Music Performance from UWF, Patricia began merging her passions for music and science in her graduate research and activities in her first year at ISU.

Lab studies involving the analysis of how music listening and experience might be associated with different brain activity using electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), as well as work with Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) data, is leading to multiple publication opportunities (Patricia will be the first author on two of those publications) and presentations at the Society for Neuroscience conference and the International Music Cognition and Perception Conference in 2016.

As a Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at Iowa State, Patricia receives a full tuition scholarship, health insurance, and stipend. In the coming academic year, she will participate in ISU's Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program and will also work as a teaching assistant under her major professor Dr. Elizabeth Stegemöller to assist in teaching and developing a lab course focusing on neurophysiology for ISU Honors students. 

This summer, Patricia is teaching a Neuroscience of Music course to gifted students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. She also received a Focus Artist grant from ISU to develop a community piano project, which is currently underway. In addition to these projects, Patricia hopes to narrow down her dissertation topic in summer 2016.