Valerie Hedges is an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University. She attended John Carroll University and received her PhD at The University of Minnesota studying the neural mechanisms of motivated behavior. During her postdoctoral research, she served as an instructor of record for a large neuroscience course. This experience, combined with her work on a NIH-funded project focused on neuroscience education in high school classrooms, furthered her interests in STEM education. Valerie took a position as an assistant professor at Northern Michigan University 2014-2017 before joining MSU in the fall of 2017.
Valerie teaches NEU301 and NEU302, the large required introductory courses for neuroscience majors. She is also one of the instructors for NEU311L, the required laboratory course for upper-level neuroscience majors. In her courses, Valerie emphasizes data interpretation, graph reading, attention to detail, and communication. Valerie is also passionate about providing neuroscience outreach to children through various events.