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Honors Student Enjoys Being One of First Neuroscience Majors
Lauren Beck '16

December 10, 2015

Lauren Beck '16 feels like a pioneer.

The daughter of two Susquehanna graduates, she entered Susquehanna as a biology and psychology double major, but quickly transferred into the neuroscience program when it was created in 2014.

"I feel like I've helped to develop this program that can hopefully attract the next generation of neuroscientists to Susquehanna," says Beck, who is minoring in religion and healthcare studies. She is also a member of the Honors Program.

Beck has developed a particularly close relationship with Kathleen Bailey, an associate professor of psychology and her senior research advisor.

Beck first met Bailey when she was working on her sophomore essay, a requirement for students in the Honors Program.

"Looking back, I realize how valuable my sophomore essay was. Investigating and researching an area of my major I was especially interested in really solidified my passion for neuroscience. The research skills I developed have definitely helped me in my senior capstone project," she says.

For her capstone, Beck is studying the effect that exposure to acute stressors in adolescent and juvenile rats has on the development of their decision-making abilities.

After she graduates from Susquehanna, Beck plans to go to medical school to become a physician.    

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