Fostering Curiosity Through Science with Erin

Segment #2 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Let’s hear from Erin, who is a senior in the accelerated BS PhD program studying biological neuroscience. It sounds intense, but Erin says the support system at RPI makes a world of difference. She feels she has a strong foundation for her doctoral studies, given her academic and extensive research experience while an undergrad at RPI. Take it away, Erin.

– Thank you, Alex. What’s up, y’all? When choosing a university, I wanted to be in a place where I not only felt welcomed, but a place that would foster my undying curiosity about the world. Lucky for me, visiting RPI’s School of Science cemented my desire to come and explore the opportunities it had to offer. Upon being accepted, the discipline that resonated the most with me was biological neuroscience. Having grown up with a sister with autism, I’ve always wanted to learn more about the brain and how it operates in different individuals. From engaging lectures to integrative lab sessions, RPI offers so many ways for students to further their learning. For example, all students within the School of Science receive a foundational education in biology, chemistry, and physics. Despite the large number of students in these courses, there are smaller recitation periods and even smaller mentoring groups to ensure that students don’t miss a single concept. Furthermore, RPI has a plethora of research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. I was accepted into the accelerated BS PhD program offered here. Program participants attend semester-long rotations and labs on top of their coursework so that by their senior year, they have already chosen a lab which allows them to get a jumpstart on their first year of graduate school. As I prepared to enter my last year RPI, I am planning to get my PhD. In addition to the extensive foundation I’ve received in biology, chemistry, and physics, I’ve also gained an extensive network of RPI friends and colleagues who I know I’ll continue to rely on well after graduation. Back to you, Alex.

– Sounds like Erin will be well prepared to pursue her PhD. I’m sure her sister and her whole family are so proud of this young scientist. Thanks for sharing your story, Erin. That was awesome.

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