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Benjamin Brown'15

Neuroscience, ACS Chemistry Major
BW Honors Program Participant

Hometown: Columbia Station, Ohio

What is your career goal?
I am interested in research and medicine. I know the research skills and experience I have obtained at BW will make me a competitive applicant for a dual M.D./Ph.D. program.

In your first two years, what BW research experiences have you had?
I worked in three labs: neuroscience, biochemistry and animal learning. In the neuroscience lab I am first author on a project and will presenting research at the Society for Neuroscience conference. In the biochemistry lab I am working to develop and standardize a set of protocols needed to optimize the yield of a particular protein. I also completed a faculty-student collaboration project with Dr. Brian Thomas in the animal learning lab. Further, I recently presented cognitive psychology research on rational and moral decision-making as part of my work with BW’s Cognitive Research Group.

In what ways has your academic advisor helped you?
Dr. Diana Barko is my academic advisor. She helped me organize my grad plan so I could complete the ACS Chemistry degree in addition to my neuroscience major.  She provides me with information on external internship prospects, MCAT preparation and campus research opportunities.

How does the Honors Program support academic initiatives?
The program is an excellent opportunity for a student to excel in academia, service or any endeavor. Due to the support of the Honors Program, I was able to attend the largest international neuroscience conference in the world and meet some of the world’s leading researchers.

What Honor Program experience made an impact on you?
I worked with representatives of the Lake Erie Native American Council (LENAC) for an Honors Program class project. Working with LENAC taught me a lot about the history of the Native peoples of the Ohio region and their past and present struggles.

Posted July 2013

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