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Neuroscience

Congratulations to the Neuroscience graduates of 2012!

2012 Neuroscience Graduates

Meet some Neuroscience Minors!

Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015

Class of 2013

Tyler Mulcahey

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

Future Plans: I chose neuroscience as my minor because the brain and how the body works interest me. I’m a pre-medicine student who plans on attending medical school to become an anesthesiologist. My summer plans include lifeguarding at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and shadowing a variety of physicians in my local hospital.

Erica Hett

Graduation Year: 2013
Major(s): Biology and Psychological Science
Minor: Neuroscience

Interests: I'm on the Cross Country team and Nordic Ski team here at Gustavus

Future plans: Attend graduate school next year in a doctorate program in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota or a different school.

Kayleigh Dittes

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/interests: I am most interested in cognitive neuroscience and the study of addiction

Future Plans: After graduating, I want to take a year off to travel and work before heading to medical school.

Pepper Ennis

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: So far I'm loving the neuroscience minor. I am very interested in psychology as well as biology. My other interests outside of the minor are playing the violin in the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra.

Future Plans: I plan on applying to graduate programs next year.

Caitlin Martens

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I enjoy learning about the pathology of diseases that affect the brain and its functions, and am also interested in the behavioral aspects of neuroscience.

Future Plans: Either attend graduate school for neuroscience or head into the forensic science field with the BCA.

Nicole Doerrmann

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: Alzheimer's and Dementia, and Attention and Distraction

Future Plans: Graduate school for Neuropsychology or Cognitive Neuroscience

Andrew Lilja

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Psychology
Minors Neuroscience, Biology

Experience/Interests: I'm interested in how people interface with technology and how to improve their ability to do so. This summer I'm doing research at Iowa State into developing algorithms that allow for better pathfinding without using GPS. I also play guitar in a bluegrass band, do publicity for CAB, and am a member of Epsilon Pi Alpha.

Future Plans: I plan to go to graduate school and get a degree in human factors engineering or a related field.

Caroline Hendrickson

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Honors Psychology
Minor(s): Neuroscience & Management

Experience/Interests: At Gustavus, I'm involved in Gustie Greeters, Big Partner Little Partner, Gustavus Youth Outreach, and research in the Psychology Department to name a few things. In my spare time I like to play volleyball, hang out with friends, take naps, and go boating.

Future Plans: I’m planning on going to graduate school for speech pathology. This summer, I’m working at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the REU program. I’ll be working with a child developmental psychologist studying how children learn the meanings behind words from social contexts.

Katelyn Warburton

Graduation Year: 2013
Major(s): Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: research apprenticeship under two psychology professors, volunteer in several different areas of the community, culture, education, understanding the brain

Future Plans: I am either pursuing experiences in Africa post graduation or graduate school. I am applying for both a Fulbright and Princeton in Africa to experience culture in South Africa and learn more about their education system. I am looking at graduate programs focused on determining how culture, ethnic background, and socioeconomic status influence cognitive abilities in different learning environments. Eventually, I would like to work with faculty, administration, and other educational leaders on creating curriculum and environments that assist all children in learning.

Anna Schmidt

Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I am particularly interested in the applications of neuroscience in medicine.

Future Plans: I will take one year off to work before applying to medical school.

Christine Tenhoff

Graduation Year: 2013
Major(s): Biology and Communication Studies
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I am intrigued by the power of the mind and the implications it has for health. I love learning how the brain works and what causes it to change.

Future Plans: Masters in acupuncture and oriental medicine, naturopathy, or med school???

Class of 2014

Andrea Blom

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: English
Minor(s): Neuroscience and Music

Experience/Interests: I am very interested in linguistics, particularly the evolutionary processes of language.

Future Plans: This fall I will begin language research with Jan Wotton. After college, I plan to spend some time teaching abroad before pursuing a doctorate in English, linguistics, or a related field.

Andrea Rosenberg

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I love reading, scuba diving, and traveling the world (I hope to one day reach all 7 continents)!

Future Plans: I hope to graduate from Gustavus and go on to an Entry to Master's in nursing program and begin nursing in a neurosurgery ward or an area dealing with brain traumas

Ben Hestness

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/interests: I'm really interested in anatomy and physiology of organisms. I like dissecting stuff.

Future plans: Medical school.

Hayley Lofquist

Graduation year: 2014
Major: Biology
Minor(s): Neuroscience and Art

Future Plans: Interested and planning on going to dental school

Andrew Brawner

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Biology
Minor(s): Neuro & Curriculum II

Experience/Interests: Running, weight lifting, reading, guitar, video games and guitar

Future Plans: I plan to carve out my own personal empire out of the Pacific Northwest or to become involved with the research and development of new Neurotechnologies.

Madison Heckel

Graduation Year: 2014
Major(s): Honors Psychology and Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: Traveling, yoga, research, music, reading.

Future Plans: Do research, teach psychology, and travel the world!

Kacy Lorber

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Chemistry
Minor(s): Biology and Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I am a part of the Gustavus Gymnastics team, Africa Partner's Medical, Queers and Allies, and Chem Club. I love being outdoors, hiking, rollerblading, cliff jumping and going on adventures! I also love to travel and have been all over the world. A few of the places i've been to are: Italy, England, Scotland, Malaysia and Barbados. I hope to travel even more in the future.

Future Plans: I plan on going into a M.D. or a D.O. program after Gustavus to eventually become a psychiatrist. I truly believe that with my life I am meant to help people and cannot wait until I get to do that everyday. I love hearing people's life stories and the experiences that have brought a person to where they are today.

Elida Benz

Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: basketball, reading, being with friends and family

Future Plans: hopefully get into medical school at some point after Gustavus!

Class of 2015

Danica Swanson

Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Biology
Minor(s): Neuroscience and Chemistry

Experience/Interests: I am very interested in how the brain responds to music. This interest became very apparent to me during the Nobel conference.

Future Plans: I plan to take a year off after graduation before attending dental school. I also hope to do research involving music and the brain.

Peter Westby

Graduation Year: Officially 2015, hopefully 2014
Major: Social Studies Education
Minor: Neuroscience

Experience/Interests: I have always been fascinated by the mechanics driving human interaction. The pace at which one’s brain may receive information, interpret it and react based on analysis of data is astonishing to me. I am fascinated by stories of how one is able to overcome physiological challenges (such as illness, certain-death situations, etc.) through sheer mental strength to alter their perception of possibility in reality and overcome adversity. My hope is that by performing further research in neuroscience, I will be able to offer greater rationales for the inner-workings of social sciences such as economics and psychology that have occasionally earned reputations as “soft sciences”.

Other interests: Music (trombonist in Gustavus Wind Orchestra), Greek, Philosophy, Religion

Future Plans: Teaching history/government at high school level, possible research

Where are our Neuroscience Alumni?

  • Baumann, Ashley R. applying for Medical School for the fall of 2012
  • Fisher, Amanda D. grad school clinical psych
  • Hartman, Mark E. grad program School Psychology Moorhead State
  • Mackley, Melissa R. applying med school
  • Murray, Nicholas M. medical school
  • Sati, Amanda L. Teach for America
  • Watt, Erin A. Educational Specialist degree in school psychology at the University of South Dakota
  • Zamora, Chelsea A. applied for Physician's Assistant graduate programs
  • Cooper, Holly L. Pharmacy School, U Minnesota
  • Howard, Stephen A. PhD program in Biomedical Engineering, U Minnesota
  • Kesty, Jenna M. Wake Forest Medical School
  • McGlennen, Kristine M. Research in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCLA, currently applying graduate school in Nursing Masters program
  • Rittenhouse, Greta J. Teach for America
  • Stark, Christopher M. Biomedical research at Harvard University