Hi! I’m a junior planning to graduate with a neuroscience degree. While I’ve always been very interested in neuroscience and biology, all of the most popular career paths for a neuroscience degree (pre-med, research, professor) are things I have tried or researched, and I don’t see myself going in those directions. I was wondering if any alumni were in a similar position to me and have branched out to other neuro-related careers, or have any advice that can broaden my perspective on careers that I can look into? Thank you.
Name: Jane Ussery ’21
Home town: New Fairfield, CT
I’m particularly seeking people in research and development, or even marketing, in biotech or health environment. I’m seeking an exploratory and learning experience that encourages growth after graduation. Thank you!
Name: Anwesha Ghosh
Majors: Biochemistry, Economics
Hometown: Franklin, MA
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I’m currently looking for bioinformatics research positions or computational biologist roles in Boston-area labs and industry. I hope to connect with other computational biologists from Brandeis.
Name: Radhika Jangi
Hometown: Acton, MA
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I’m an HSSP senior interested in healthcare consulting or biotech/pharmaceutical marketing. Healthcare consulting piqued my interest because of its wide reach and variety, so I’m looking for advice on entering the industry, finding companies with employment opportunities, and other potential career paths where health plays a major role in the company.
For several summers I’ve interned for a biotech company in the sales development and marketing departments. I want to keep my foot in the science and technical details while being part of the communications, marketing, and PR within the company. Similarly, I’m looking to hear more about people’s experiences with their roles, companies of interest/mention, and other pathways to be involved in this industry.
It’s helpful for me to hear people’s stories, so hearing where you got where you currently are and lessons you’ve learned on the way is a great help!
Name: Avanti Mohan ’18
Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
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I am a recent grad seeking advice from professionals in the biological and life sciences industry. I graduated with a major in biology and minor in anthropology, with some experience teaching labs. I also worked independently in a project lab in microbiology, and did ecological field work in Hawaii. I hope to gain more technical experience in labs prior to pursing a masters degree. I would love to hear advice on starting in the research field. Any advice or connections are welcome!
Name: Deesha Patel ’16
Hometown: Millis, MA
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I am graduating this May, and am interested in going to graduate school to continue my studies in neuroscience. Have any other alumni gone on to a neuroscience program and what have you done after? Any suggestions?
Name: Yuki Dai ’17
Majors: Biology, neuroscience
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I’m a senior pre-med student majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. I’ve always known that I want to be a doctor and my experiences during my years at Brandeis have only reinforced that desire. In the last 10 years or so, it has become clear that taking a year or two off between being an undergraduate student and enrolling in a medical school is a path that these institutions prefer to see their applicants take. Therefore, I have recently begun a job search for gap year opportunities in clinical research or public health service projects. However, I have found the process of searching for a job that I know I will likely only hold for a short period of time to be somewhat awkward and difficult to approach. It has been challenging to express my interest in potential jobs while being perfectly honest about my intended path in life because most employers don’t want to hire someone who they know is there temporarily. That being said, does anyone have advice for an appropriate way that pre-med students can earnestly express interest in jobs they plan on holding for only a year or two?
Name: Alex Landau ’17
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
I am currently a sophomore on the pre-med track with an intended double major in biology and HSSP, and an interest in neuroscience. I am interested but still unsure about pursuing medical school, and would appreciate any advice from anyone who might have been in a similar position. I would love to gain insight on why you chose to go to medical school or pursue an alternative career in the health field. If you are a recent grad, I would love to learn about your post-graduate/current medical school experience.
Name: Maytal Babajanian ’19
Majors: Biology, HSSP
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
I am currently looking for jobs in clinical research. In the future, I want to go to medical school and I believe that a job in the clinical field would be a great bridge between college and medical school. If alums have any advice on the best way to maximize my search and future position experience I would greatly appreciate it.
I am a graduating senior looking for a position ideally for a year or two before continuing on to graduate school for public health. I would like to work as a research assistant at a think tank or do some sort of nonprofit work related to health and/or poverty. I would appreciate any advice or experience you may have in the field. Thank you!
I’m a graduating HSSP/Biology senior interested in getting clinical research experience dealing with children/pediatrics and diabetes before applying to graduate programs in public health or bio-medical science. Any advice on how to effectively break into the field or opportunities I should be aware of would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, if any alums have a similar experience I would love to find out how you got to where you are today. Thank you!
I’m a graduating HSSP senior minoring in Economics and Spanish with an interest in health care policy and health care consulting. I would like to be in the the DC or NY area after graduation and would greatly appreciate any advice or insight on how to break into the industry in these regions. Thank you!
I’m a graduating senior majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Biology. Eventually I would like to go to med school but for the moment I’m interested in research positions in the South Florida area. If any alums have advice on how to make the most of research during a gap year or what I should try to look for during my search I would greatly appreciate it.
Hello, my name is Shaoleen Khaled and I am hoping to seek advice about the medical profession and public policy profession because I hope to integrate my career in medicine and utilize it as a tool to create reforms in public policy. Any and all perspectives from alumni would be greatly appreciated.
As a senior on the pre-med track, I am excited to pursue research opportunities in the medical field during my upcoming gap year. I am passionate about patient care, in particular the field of pediatrics. I have been looking for positions in the Philadelphia area, but am struggling to find opportunities appropriate for recent graduates. Ideally, I hope to build on my clinical and research experience before entering medical school. I would greatly appreciate any guidance or advice about how best to find a valuable experience for next year. Thank you!
I am currently applying to medical school a as a Junior. I feel that my all the components of my application are strong except for my MCAT score (it is below the national average). That said, I have still decided to apply this cycle to schools that have accepted applicants with an MCAT score in my range. I was hoping to hear from alumni that have perhaps been in the same position as me and how they went about selecting schools. Knowing that my MCAT score is bringing my application down, are there any other ways I can enhance my application? I look forward to hearing any advice!
I have been interested in the science of nutrition and food since middle school and hope to incorporate those passions into my career. I have worked at Dr. Hayes’ diabetes lab for 1.5 years studying dietary influences of various foods and compounds on development and prevention of dyslipidemia and Type 2 Diabetes. It was the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have ever had, but was unable to return to work after studying abroad in Thailand. Originally, I was thinking of going into research, but now I am also considering medicine. An MD/PhD focusing on nutrition science and preventative medicine seems like the best of both worlds, but I don’t know if I’m qualified enough or if it is possible to do research and practice medicine because of grant competition. For those in medicine and research, do MD/PhD programs have any advantages over other degrees? What else should I consider when deciding on a post-graduate program? What should I do now to prepare? Are there any particular graduate programs I should consider – medical or research based? I have emailed many PIs at universities and hospitals for research positions and opportunities, but everyone said they were full. How can I get into a lab and gain more research experience?
I am a senior graduating in December with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Biology. I am looking for help in finding organizations or labs that are looking for someone to start towards the end of January/early February. My specific interest is in neuroscience and psychiatry, but I am open to other research areas as well. I’d love some guidance in who to reach out to and the best way to do so.
I am a 2014 graduate and would like to re-locate to Boston and work with children with disabilities. Having hands on experience with children with various needs, I am looking for a job to gain more experience in the hopes of solidifying an area of study for graduate school. Any advice on careers in the disability field in the Boston area or guidance about disability graduate programs would be appreciated.
I am a senior studying HSSP. I am interested in the field of aging and pursuing work that benefits older adults. Ideally, I would like a job that allows me to use my healthcare knowledge from my HSSP courses and experiences in a way that relates to older adults. I am interested primarily in research and policy, rather than in direct clinical care such as social work. Work at a non-profit, policy organization, government institution or other organization interests me. Ultimately, I see myself attending graduate school, possibly pursuing an MPH, MPP, MPA or gerontology degree. However, as I am unsure yet what degree I want to pursue, I would like to gain experience before attending graduate school. Any guidance or suggestions on careers and graduate school are appreciated!
Name: Ilana Mittleman ’14
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
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Sophomore majoring in HSSP seeking advice about physical therapy and other healthcare careers. I am interested in learning what factors influenced your decision into becoming a specific health professional. I would also like to know what I can to do to prepare for a career in the health care field. Any advice on this is greatly appreciated!
Name: Maryanne Cai ’16
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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I am a third year undergraduate student double majoring in business and chemistry who is interested in careers relating to both majors. I had a business internship at AFLAC and have done extensive chemistry research which enabled me to see the world of business and science (respectively). Now, I want to know what it is like to work in an the intersection of science and business. I am looking for shadowing and internship opportunities in the commercial side of the life science industry or consulting life science companies. I would love to get a chance to talk to anyone who has experience in those fields for help and advice. I want to know about your story and what you do.
Name: Suwan Lee ’15
Major(s): Chemistry, Business
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
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I am a senior double majoring in Biology and HSSP. Through my research position in a drug-development lab at Brandeis University, I gained many invaluable lab skills and realized that I want to go into Biotech/Pharma industry. In the future, I am also looking into getting an MBA and get involved in the management side of a biotech firm. As I am approaching to the end of my undergraduate life, I would love to learn more about how other alumni, who had a similar career pathway, found their first job, and what they did to reach their end goal.
Name: Sinan Isim ’14
Major(s): Biology and HSSP
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
I am a double major in HSSP and Psychology graduating in December of 2014. I recently had an “ah-ha! moment” and realized that what I would truly like to do is become a health educator at the high school level. Before going into teaching, however, I’d love to gain some experience in the health communications field with organizations geared towards the prevention of diseases such as eating disorders and obesity. I’ve also been looking into masters programs that combine Health Communications & Health Education and would love to talk to anyone who has any experience with this type of graduate program and/or the field itself. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Sara Hazelnis ’14
Major: HSSP & Psychology
Hometown: Liberty, NY
Neuroscience and Biology double major looking for full-time opportunities or advice on clinical research and monitoring. I learned about this field at the recent Biotech, Health & Science Forum sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center and I would like to find out more about becoming a clinical research associate. If you work as a CRA, I would love to speak with you to learn more about your experience and how you got into your field. Thank you so much for your time.
Name: Sara Dejene ’14
Major(s): Neuroscience, Biology
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Neuroscience major/philosophy minor seeking advice on employment opportunities for full-time work after 2014 graduation in neuroscience-related fields. Highly interested in pharmacology, drug-design, biological bases of all mental illness/disease, as well as any neurological disorders, brain imaging. Would like to know more about not only research opportunities, but also work in industry. Familiar with Java programming, ELISAs, RT-PCR, HPLC, Photoshop. Thank you very much for your time and I really look forward to speaking with you!
Name: Anna Yatskar ’14
Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
I am currently a sophomore with an undeclared major but am interested in pursuing a double-major in Neuroscience and HSSP (Health, Science, Society, and Policy). I am interested in learning what alumni have gone on to do with these majors. I am looking to form a career in the health field but due to its vastness, I would appreciate learning what variety of opportunities are out there. Any and all advice is appreciated! Thank you for your time!
Name: Sheetala Balasubramanian ’16
Major(s): Neuroscience, HSSP
Hometown: Orange, CT
Hello! I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and HSSP. I am primarily interested in cancer research but I am also interested in general neuroscience and public health related research as well. Seeking advice on a career in research (academia and industry) and how to apply to lab positions. I have worked in three labs so far, two as a student researcher (currently working on a thesis) and one as a lab technician. I am investigating the factors contributing to the differences seen in glucocorticoid sensitivity between older and younger women and men. I would love to talk to you about your career path, how you got to where you are now, and other relevant or future opportunities. Thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it!
Name: Kristin Ha ’14
Major(s): Neuroscience and HSSP
Hometown: New York, New York
Varsity Sport: Fencing