Neuroscience Alumnae Success

In 2010, Agnes Scott College graduated our first Neuroscience major! Since then, we have graduated 120 Neuroscience majors! As the Neuroscience field continues to explode, the Agnes Scott Neuroscience major prepares our students for work in a variety of careers within the broad field of Neuroscience. 

Our Neuroscience major is unique! Our program is made up of faculty with Ph.D.s in Neuroscience. Our faculty are part of the Biology Department and the Psychology Department, covering the spectrum of topics represented in the diverse Neuroscience field, which strengthens the academic experience of our majors.  Our courses do not only focus on the knowledge necessary to understand Neuroscience, but also on the skills necessary to become a successful scientist no matter what career path. Finally, our capstone experience which allows our majors to choose a research experience or an internship that will prepare them for their individual career goals enables our students to be competitive when they graduate Agnes Scott. Because of this individual approach, our students graduate ready to achieve their career goals. Where can our major take you? 

 

 

 

 

Current Alumnae Careers:

Clinical Research Coordinator at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory
 
Physical Therapists
Masters Degrees: Computational and Applied Mathematics; Music, the Mind and the Brain; Speech Language Pathology; Global Health; Psychology
PhDs in Neuroscience and Psychology
Medical Doctors 
Research Assistants at UGA, Emory, GSU, GTech, and the CDC

   

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Neuroscience Alumnae

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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. "

 

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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.

 

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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."

 

 

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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."

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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."

 

 

Careers requiring an Advanced Degree

Most of the careers that people associate with neuroscience require doctorate-level education. Some examples of careers for people with advanced degrees include:

Medicine (MD, DO) Food Scientist
Research Assistant Pharmacist
Dentist Veterinarian
Physical Therapist Audiologist
Optometrist Lawyer
Clinical Psychologist Professor
Neuropsychologist Chiropractor


Master's Level Careers

Many careers in neuroscience can be obtained through a Master's-level education. Some examples of careers for people with a Master's degree include:

Nurse Practitioner Neuroimaging Technician
Physician's Assistant Teacher
Genetic Counselor Epidemiology
Occupational Therapist Biostatistician
Orthotist Speech-Language Pathologist
Neural Engineer Public Health


Bachelor's Level Careers

As with most degree programs, the more practical experience that you get, the more likely it is that you will get a job in your field. Therefore, we recommend that students who do not intend to go to graduate or professional school seek out additional opportunities such as research, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering that will strategically position them for a neuroscience-related career. Some examples of careers for people with a BS in neuroscience include:

Pharmaceutical Sales Residential Counselor
Laboratory Technician Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Psychometrist* Medical Technician*
Science Writer Clinical Research Assistant
Science Advocacy Special Education Assistant
Nonprofit Work Patient Care Assistant*
Health Educator Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*
EEG Technologist* Lab Animal Care Technician
Medical and Science Technician Sales Engineer
Pharmacy Technician* Law Enforcement
Public Policy Natural Sciences Manager
Forensic Science Technician Advertising/Marketing

 *May require additional training or certification