Margot Bjoring

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow
Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A. Rice University (2009)
M.A. University of Virginia (2018)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Margot Bjoring is a graduate student in psychology at the University of Virginia studying neuroscience. Her primary field of interest is how the brain understands language, which she studies using song recognition in song birds as a model. Beyond research, her interests include how to effectively communicate science to the broader public. Margot is the recipient of the 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Bjoring received her undergraduate degree in linguistics with a cognitive science concentration from Rice University. She also holds an M.A. in psychology (Sensory and Systems Neuroscience) from the University of Virginia.

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