Blogger Archive

These are the former students on the NBB Paris summer abroad program who have contributed blog posts in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

JUNE 2017: Each of these NBB undergraduates blogged about their experiences and neuroscience while they were in Paris.

Kara Danielczuk: Salut! I am a rising senior from Enfield, CT, majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. At Emory, I work in a pharmacology lab investigating a protein involved in the autophagy pathway. This is my second time visiting Paris, but this time I hope to learn much more about the French culture and its influence in the field of neuroscience. In my free time, I love to go on adventures and explore the outdoors. I also enjoy cooking and eating, so I’m excited to mange on some French food!

Madeline DeShazer: Bonjour! My name is Madeline DeShazer, and I’m a neuroscience and behavioral biology major at Emory University with a psychology double major. I’m from a small town in Kansas, and I’m incredibly excited to be studying in Paris this summer with Emory’s NBB program. My research interests include developmental neuropsychology and psychopathology. I’m looking forward to observing the beautiful city of Paris through a scientific perspective and sharing these observations in my blog posts!

Swetha Rajagopalan: Bonjour! I’m Swetha, and I’m a rising junior majoring in Quantitative Sciences (QSS) with a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology concentration. I can’t wait to finally put my French to use. I love being around kids, exploring, dancing and eating lots and lots of food. I will be pursuing research so I am really hoping this trip will help me find what really interests me in neuroscience. I am so excited to immerse myself in France and blogging about all that I do especially eating crêpes everyday.

Eva Rapp: Hi, my name is Eva Rapp, and I am from Clearwater, Florida.  I am a rising senior in the NBB program.  I am excited to be able to study abroad in Paris, while studying Neuroscience as this program integrates perfectly into my academic and personal interests. My future career goals are to hopefully incorporate neuroscience with nutrition.  Since food is a large part of French culture, I hope to experience how the French view food and nutrition by living amongst their culture.

Sarah Strausser: Hi Everyone! My name is Sarah and I am a rising senior at Emory University, studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Anthropology. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, playing sports, and reading. I’m very excited to study Parisian influences on advancements in Neuroscience and can’t wait to see all that Paris has to offer!

Pamela Romero: Bonjour! My name is Pamela and I’m an international student from Honduras majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in Computer Science. I’m interested in computational neuroscience, and as such I was fascinated by the European Union’s Human Brain Project. I hope that studying abroad in France provides me with a glimpse of how European research is, and how the culture is similar/different from both the U.S. and Honduras. I’m excited for new research styles, culture, and food!

Christian Botz-Zapp: Bonjour (or Bonsoir if it is evening for you)! My name is Christian and I am a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. After taking a gap year I hope to go on to graduate school to earn a PhD in Neuroscience. In the meantime, I look forward to exploring the incredible scientific culture that Paris has to offer. And the crepes… I look forward to those too.

Ryan Shin: Hello, I’m Ryan Shin and I am a pre-medicine student majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Music. Having a strong passion in music and interested in the way that music affects our bodies, I am also looking into earning a degree in Music Therapy. This summer, I will be studying abroad for Emory’s NBB Paris Program to learn more about current Parisian neuroscience research. I’m especially excited to be doing this while exploring Paris and experiencing the many aspects of French culture!

Ngozi Nwabueze: Bonjour! My name is Ngozi Nwabueze and I am a rising junior and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major at Emory. I have wanted to visit Paris since early on in high school, and I decided to study neuroscience not too long after that. I am blessed to have an opportunity to do both this summer! I love to draw and write, so I plan to do a lot of that (along with plenty of exploring) during my time here in Paris.

Shruti Vadapalli: Bonjour! My name is Shruti, and I’m a rising junior at Emory University majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Economics. I’m from Seattle, Washington, but am currently studying abroad in Paris. Throughout the next few weeks, I look forward to exploring different aspects of French culture, especially the art, food, and architecture. By the end of the month, I would like to be familiar with the city of Paris and well-versed in Parisian neuroscience research.

Mehtab Manji: Bonjour! My name is Mehtab Manji and I am a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. I passionate about exploring new places through food and nature. Everyday in Paris is a new adventure and I’m looking forward to embracing every moment of this amazing opportunity.

Janet Martin: Hello everyone! My name is Janet Martin, and I am a rising senior at Emory University. I am a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major and a Predictive Health minor on the pre med track. Aside from school, I love hanging out with friends, watching netflix, and although I am not a professional, I am very interested in photography/videography!

Chandler Lichtefeld: Bonjour! My name is Chandler and I am a senior at Emory University majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Besides exploring Paris this summer, I am applying to medical school with hopes of becoming a pediatric neurologist. In my free time I enjoy volunteering for the Special Olympics, hanging out with friends, and swimming. While I don’t speak French, I am looking forward to exploring the beautiful city of Paris and trying a variety of new food!

Alicia Brown: Hi, my name is Alicia Brown! I’m an Atlanta-raised senior at Emory majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in English. After traveling Europe the past week or so, I’m very excited to explore Paris and learn more about France’s contributions to neuroscience. I love museums, trying new foods, or simply people watching in new environments. At home, I enjoy reading, volunteering, and watching as many movies as possible. I’m looking forward to learning what I can through this experience and making some great memories in the process!

Chris Prugh: Hi, I’m Chris, a rising junior at Emory University. I am a double major in Biology and Film Studies, although I am very interested in neuroscience and mental health. Outside of academics, I am the percussion section leader in Emory Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. Here in Paris, I am extremely excited to not only continue my neuroscience studies, but to also practice my French and expand on all my other interests as well. Although I am not exactly sure what my professional future entails, I know that my time in Paris will be a great experience for anything that I pursue!