Natalie Prowse is a Ph.D. graduate student in the department of Neuroscience. After a highly successful 29 years in the Information Technology field working for companies such as Alcatel-Lucent and Digital Equipment Corporation, she returned to school to pursue a new career in neuroscience research. In April 2015, Ms. Prowse obtained her B.Sc. Honours in Neuroscience and Mental Health (with high distinction) at Carleton University. She successfully defended her Master’s Thesis in August of 2017 and has been awarded the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Ph.D. scholarship for September of 2017. Working in Dr. Shawn Hayley’s lab at Carleton University, Natalie is focusing on areas of preclinical research that examine the role of neuroplasticity in depression. She hopes that her work will ultimately help to identify targets for more rapid and effective treatments. Ms. Prowse has served on the board of the Digital Equipment Users’ Society, and volunteered with several community organizations such as Let’s Talk Science and CU Women in Science. She is currently an active volunteer with Live Work Play, and with the Society for Neuroscience Ottawa chapter, promoting brain health awareness and neuroscience education in Ottawa area schools. She was elected by her peers to the Board of Governors, for a one-year term, ending on June 30, 2018.