Neuroscience Ph.D. student,
University of Pittsburgh
Before entering John Carroll, I knew my passion was to understand human behavior and cognition. By the end of my first semester at JCU, I felt the best route to follow my passion was neuroscience. The brain is the unequivocal master conductor, which organizes a chaotic universe into a symphony, and delivers to us a harmonious single subjective experience at any given time.
To understand this 3-pound organ of prominence is the most fascinating aspect of humanity, and I wanted to study it and understand it. During my career at JCU, I completed coursework aimed toward neuroscience, including courses in chemistry and biology in addition to the required courses in psychology. After my junior year, I was afforded an internship at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where I gained experience in using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to analyze brain changes in Huntington’s Disease. I presented the research I completed during that summer at the Celebration of Scholarship, the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, and at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. I was accepted into the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, where I will be pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience. As a professional, I hope to use imaging techniques, such as fMRI, to study a variety of topics including aging, decision making, and consciousness.