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Help Ankush to do research on depression
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  • Ankush

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    Ankush Chakraborty
  • AC

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Ankush Chakraborty

    from Durgapur, West Bengal


I am Ankush Chakraborty, a student researcher in the field of neuroscience from West Bengal, India. I got offered a Research Assistant position at Dr Ursula Wyneken's lab at the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile, and I can't afford to join the lab with my current financial condition. Universidad de los Andes is among the top 5 universities in South America. I wish to join the lab to do research on stress and depression to learn and develop better therapeutics to treat patients suffering from such mental illnesses.

I have had the dream to do research in neuroscience since 11th grade. I could not find a bachelor's program in neuroscience that I could afford in India, thus I enrolled in Calcutta University and took up Psychology. I finished my bachelor's with Honors and then enrolled in a postgraduate program in Cognitive science, at Panjab University. Recently I finished my postgraduate program.

Throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I have been involved in research at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Berhampur, and Panjab University. I have also worked in science outreach by cofounding Project Encephalon, a registered non-profit under the Government of India, that works on making a more inclusive community in neuroscience. Other than research, I have been involved in volunteering at organizations that help spread mental health awareness, such as OurPsyche, and teaching science to underprivileged children at CRY and Childrenwise.  You can see my work in more detail at my website.

Unfortunately, I cannot afford the move to Chile myself. Thus, it would be a boon for me if you could contribute something to my fundraiser, so that I can travel to the lab and start working on my research soon!

Here is the breakup of the expenses I'd encounter:
Flight ticket: 80,000 INR
Visa: 20,000 INR
A month stay in Santiago, Chile:
52,500 INR (food and utilities)
20,000 INR (rent)
Total: 1,70,000 INR

1. My offer letter from Universidad de los Andes in Spanish
2. My offer letter from Universidad de los Andes in English
3. My CV

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