Neuroscience Majors Past and Present



Current Neuroscience Majors



 Stephanie Sanchez, Class of 2020


What career are you planning for?
Army Medical Corp (MD/ Ph.D.) 

Why did you choose the Neuroscience major?
I chose Neuroscience as my major because it connects various subjects that I am interested in like computer science, biology, and psychology. Neuroscience allows me the flexibility to take courses that would both prepare me for the field of medical research and expand on my knowledge of other subject matters. 
Name one experience or class that shaped your career path.
As a first year, I interned at National Institutes of Health (NIH), where I had the chance to work alongside professional researchers at the National Institute of Aging and military personnel at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. For 10 weeks, I conducted independent research on Parkinson's Disease, surrounded by people who cared about advancing the current knowledge and technologies forward. This experience solidified my decision to pursue the career of physician-scientist and allowed me to gain the confidence to work on my own independent research. 





Morgan Pearson, Class of 2020



What career are you planning for?
Veterinary Medicine






Lauren Neal, Class of 2020


What career are you planning for?
MD/ Ph.D.


Why did you choose the Neuroscience Major?I chose the neuroscience major because it is major that has a lot of flexibility. I have been able to tailor the classes that I have taken and will take to fit with what I hope to do in my career. There are many options for how one can shape the major and even once you graduate, there are many different directions that you can take the degree in. For me, I have also found that I am able to view many concepts or behaviors through a variety of lenses because of the intersection of so many life and physical sciences in the major. There is always another way to look at something, and pursuing this major has helped me to practice doing that. 

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path.
An experience that shaped my career path was interning at Columbia University in New York City this past summer. I participated in a program started by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute called EXROP and was able to be matched with an HHMI professor at Columbia and I spent the summer working with a postdoc in his lab on an independent project. This was my first time working in a high-powered lab and it taught me a lot about what the scientific world is like outside of Agnes Scott. It also helped solidify my decision to pursue a research and medical career due to my time in the lab as well as the wonderful professors and medical doctors that I met during my time at Columbia.


 Bailea Robinson, Class of 2019



What career are you planning for?


Why did you choose the Neuroscience Major?

Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by the brain and how/why it works the way it does.


Name one experience or class that shaped your career path.

Too many to choose. The neuroscience classes as a whole, and the support given by neuroscience department has been very guiding. 



 Roshni Gurung, Class of 2019



What career are you aiming for?
Pediatrician with a Master's degree and an MD

Why did you choose the Neuroscience major?
I chose the Neuroscience major because I like how it combines psychology, biology and chemistry together.  

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path.
Introduction to psychology was one class that shaped my career path.





Neuroscience Alumnae


Kaela S. Singleton graduated in 2014 with a double major in Neuroscience and Classics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and a Masters in Classics at Georgetown University. Her career goals are to be a professor of neuroscience in neural development. 

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? I chose the Neuroscience major at Agnes partly due to my interest in the brain, but also for the faculty members involved in the major.

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path.  The course Molecular Neuroscience taught by Dr. Larimore was my favorite class at Agnes. My favorite experience was being a NET/Work fellow and having the opportunity to research at Georgia State, Vanderbilt and Emory University. Collectively, that course and those experiences helped me gain confidence as a student and a scientist. "



Ashley McCook graduated in 2011 with a major in Neuroscience. She defended her thesis in July 2018 for her Masters in Public Heath Biostatistics. She will be starting her career as a Lead Biostatistician in September at Stanford University School of Medicine! "

"I chose Neuroscience because I've always been fascinated with the mechanism of the brain and how the malfunction in the brain can have detrimental consequences for a person's quality of life. I come from a Caribbean family full of nurses and my mother always worked with the geriatric population who suffered from some form and severity of dementia.
I can't pinpoint one particular experience. I truly believe that collegiate experience at Agnes really helped me find my voice and confidence for a field that is overwhelmingly dominated by men. I will say, Dr. Blatchley, Dr. Harvey, and Dr. Newsome really encouraged me to go to graduate it school and to never fear to push my potential even further. Had I not gone to Agnes for my undergraduate career,  I wouldn't have made it where I am in my professional or academic career as well as I did."



Kelly Jones graduated in 2013 with a major in Neuroscience. After working the field of speech pathology, she will be entering graduate school at George Washington University this fall to study speech and language pathology.



Rachael Frank graduated Agnes in 2015 and went to Georgia State University earning her degree in Physical Therapy. She will complete a PT residency with the Shepherd Center in Neuro-rehabilitation. 

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? I was fascinated with neuroanatomy and with both healthy function and pathologies of the nervous system. I wanted to pursue a career as a health professional and decided that working in neurorehabilitation would be an opportunity for me to merge my interests in neurophysiology and patient care. The neuroscience major gave me a solid foundation of knowledge to continue my studies in a graduate program. 

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path. I loved a course I took on disorders of the nervous system! The material in this class was fascinating, but it also taught me about both basic grant writing and the publication process. I was able to publish my first article based on a paper for this course, which facilitated a position as a graduate research assistant and publishing several other articles during my graduate program. I also used these skills to apply for a physical therapy research grant, which I was awarded for an original research project. As I prepare for continued research through my residency program, I am still able to draw on some of the research and writing skills I developed in this course. "



Kara Leverette Williams graduated in 2012 and went to Emory to earn both her Masters in Public Health and a Medical Doctorate. She is currently practicing family medicine in Daytona, Florida.





Ruth Reveal graduated in 2011 and is the Director of Education for the Dayton Performing Arts after graining her Masters in Music, Mind and Brain.

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? I've always been fascinated by how the brain learns and processes music. I received a masters' in music cognition, but realized that lab life was not the path for me. I pursued teaching for 3 years before landing my dream job where I get to bring the classical arts to 75,000 students every year and use the knowledge I gained at Agnes to lead teacher professional developments, develop new programs, and assist with grant writing to make it all happen! While I'm not a neuroscientist, I'm constantly using the skills I gained in strong writing, critical reading, and engaging public speaking.

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path. Agnes truly taught me to think deeply and live honorably. I learned something new from each professor and each course I took, and I'm so grateful for the strong network that Agnes provided."




Naomi Smith graduated in 2018 and is pursuing a Masters in Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts.

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? The major had all prerequisites for vet school and made my application stand out.

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path. Disease Ecology with Dr. Iris Levin. Or Biochemistry with Douglas Fantz."






Laura Segura Moye graduated in 2012 is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois-Chicago. 

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? I loved understanding the biology underlying behavior, and had amazing research mentors that made me love neuroscience even more!

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path. During graduate school, I began to use social media a lot more and I found a lot of other graduate students on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook. I connected with a lot of other women in STEM across the world and I have found that they are a great resource, and a huge support group! That experience has definitely bettered my experience as a graduate student, and has shown me that no opportunity is too small."



Mia Mcinnes graduated in 2011 with a major in Neuroscience. She attended Georgia State University for a Masters of Science in Cellular Biology and Immunology. Today she is a Clinical Research Coordinator at Kinship Cancer Institute. While at Agnes, she was able to do research in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience with Dr. Bill Hopkins at the Yerkes Primate Center at Emory University.




Melanie Yakemovic graduated in 2010 – our first Neuroscience graduate at Agnes Scott! She attended Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014. She is currently a Physical Therapist at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.



Alice Van Derveer graduated Agnes Scott in 2018. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgia State University in the Fall. 

"Why did you choose the Neuroscience major? I chose Neuroscience because I wanted to intersect my interest in psychology with my love of biology.

Name one experience or class that shaped your career path. One class that shaped my interest in pursuing a career in neuroscience research was Diseases of the Nervous System. I loved that this class gave me an opportunity to explore conditions that are usually thought of as psychological (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia) from a neuroscience perspective."



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