UNDERGRAD INSTITUTION AND MAJOR:
St. Olaf College Biology/Neuroscience Concentration
Buntrock Scholar (2012-2016)
UNDERGRADUATE OR POST-BAC RESEARCH:
I work on the design and helped build an apparatus with which to study sound localization in humans.
- Lucy Vulchanova, PhD, Department of Neuroscience
- John Osborn Jr., PhD, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology
WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN RESEARCH?
Our undergraduate Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience course had us design an experiment based on something we had discussed throughout the semester. What began as a 3-hour project quickly and naturally evolved into a project that would continue for the rest of our undergraduate careers and would send us across the country to present at different conferences. Being exposed to the dynamic and challenging nature of research through my own project caught my interest in the field.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE MN?
Our program heavily emphasizes collaboration across many departments and disciplines. Not only do we have some of the brightest minds in the field, but they value new ideas and appreciate graduate students’ abilities to solidify strong connections between labs. Itasca provided a unique opportunity to bond with my cohort members and to create a stable support system before we tackled the next 4-6 years of our lives.
STUDENT MENTOR AND THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE.
Zach Zeidler: The lab members in your rotations are some of your most useful resources when trying to make a decision about which lab to join – get to know them well.