UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
Vanderbilt University, B.E. in Biomedical Engineering
AT&T Innovation Award for outstanding innovation in a senior design project at Vanderbilt University Design Day (2016)
I worked with Carissa Cascio at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center studying sensory and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders. We used a combination of imaging methods and behavioral tasks to assess sensory perception.
I also spent a summer working with Erik St. Louis at the Mayo Clinic developing data processing protocols for analysis of electroencephalographic (EEG) data. Our study used EEG and ERPs to analyze the cognitive effects of severe sleep deprivation on error processing.
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
My interest in research stems from early experiences in science. I have always loved the process of exploring scientific ideas and learning through experimenting (Thanks, mom and dad, for encouraging all my messes!) Although I began my undergraduate career with plans to be a physician, I found over time that I was more interested in working behind the scenes. I realized that by combining my interests in neuroscience and engineering, I could perform research on clinically relevant therapies and help progress the medical field.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
When I first read about the summer course at Itasca, it sounded like my dream summer camp - a whole month of Neuroscience while spending time in the great outdoors! Beyond Itasca, I knew the University of Minnesota would provide many opportunities to me as a graduate student. There are so many faculty members in our graduate program and an outstanding number of resources available to us. The Twin Cities is also a hub of biomedical companies and hospitals, which provides many exciting collaborations between the University and industry partners.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Michelle Corkrum: She reminded me that even as a graduate student, I should be having fun. This has helped me keep everything in perspective and enjoy the small successes.