JUNE 2015: Each of these NBB undergraduates blogged about their experiences and neuroscience while they were in Paris.
Nicole Bleecker: My name is Nicole, and I’m senior from Bethesda, Maryland. In my spare time I love to travel, bake vegan cupcakes, and strive to find the perfect Cappucino. I love to volunteer, and am very passionate about educational equality.
Morgan McNair: Hi, my name is Morgan McNair and I am a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major and Music Minor. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be studying abroad in Paris with my fellow NBB Emory peers! I’m excited to explore and learn about Paris and French cuisine while also delving into neuroscience.
Danielle McFarlane: Bonjour! I’m Danielle, a rising senior at Emory University! I am currently on a study abroad program in France investigating neuroscience from a Parisian lens. Other than my interests in neuroscience, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and taking nature walks.
Celia Greenlaw: My name is Celia Greenlaw and I am a Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major and a French minor. I am from Sudbury, Massachusetts. At Emory, I work in the Laboratory of Comparative Primate Cognition, and my research studies cognitive inhibition in rhesus macaques. This is my fourth time in Paris, and I am excited to explore it through a scientific perspective!
Maria Vazquez: Bonjour tout le monde! My name is Maria G. Vazquez and I am a rising senior at Emory University studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB). I am currently studying abroad for the summer with the Emory NBB program at Paris and I will be blogging about my adventures in France and how they relate to my studies and the field of neuroscience. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, doing arts & crafts, and exploring new places. I am excited to explore France and experience the French culture!
Beatrice Secheli: Bonjour! My name is Beatrice Secheli and I am a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Global Health at Emory University. The beautiful complexity of the human brain fascinates me! I am excited for the opportunity to immerse myself in French culture and study the history of French Neurology and sensory integration in Paris. I look forward to examining French primary research literature, while investigating the neural mechanisms responsible for enjoying delicious French cuisine and running through the breathtaking streets of Paris.
Alexandru Rus: I am a rising senior at Emory University double majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Human Health. I am particularly interested in the intersection of Neuroscience and Health, focusing on the acute and chronic implications of neuronal processes and pathologies. My interests lie in the interplay between these two areas, and the effects of neuronal mechanisms on overall quality of life and well-being. I am excited to learn about the history of neurology in France and to explore the Parisian way of life, one famous painting and delightful baguette at a time!
Sasha Cukier: Hi, my name is Sasha Cukier. I am a rising Senior from Montreal, Quebec majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Predictive Health. I love traveling and exploring new places, primarily through food and outdoor activity. I look forward to writing about my explorations in Paris with a Neuroscience lens. I am currently interested in positive psychology and hope to incorporate this in my blog. Hope you enjoy 🙂
Kaavya Mandi: Bonjour! My name is Kaavya Mandi and I am a rising senior at Emory University, where I am studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Psychology. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, reading, exploring new places, enjoying the outdoors, and eating a diverse range of times. During my time outside of class, you’ll either find me studying at a café, munching on a crêpe, or nibbling on baguettes and brie. In the meantime, happy reading!
Kimi Chan: Hi my name is Kimi and I am a rising senior at Emory, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Sociology. I have a passion working with little kids and I will be applying to medical schools during my gap year after college. I love to bake French macarons (number one reason why I wanted to study abroad in Paris – FOOD!) and I love hiking. I am from Portland, Oregon and I love recycling, trying new foods, and attending body combat classes.
Amy Yeh: My name is Amy and I’m a Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and French double major at Emory University. I’m on the pre-dental track and heavily involved in Emory EMS. In Paris, my favorite park is Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (19eme arr) and my favorite cafe is Carette!
Phi Trac: Hello, everyone! My name is Phi Trac and I am studying Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Economics at Emory University. My hobbies include outdoor rock climbing, lacrosse, and colorguard. I love to eat, and I am excited to try all the different foods in France as I spend the next month studying abroad. I look forward to learning more about neuroscience and sharing my knowledge and adventures in France with you all!
Nicole Asante: Everything about the human body fascinates me, from the contours that create its shape and form to the mechanisms that control its every movement and sensation. As a rising senior at Emory University I decided to follow this passion by majoring in both neuroscience and visual arts, two seemingly opposing fields that I hope to integrate over my time at Emory. Traveling to Paris this summer is a not only a novel experience for me, but also a perfect opportunity to study my fields of interest in a city that thrives in both disciplines.
Kayleigh Edwards: Hello all, or should I say Bonjour? My name is Kayleigh Edwards and I am a rising senior at Emory. What a better way to spend part of my summer studying abroad in Paris, France. Since France is one of the leading places for upcoming neuroscience, I am honored to be a part of it. I love music, food, and experiencing new cultures. Since Parisian culture is definitely new to me (my French is very limited), it will be a fun challenge to be able to incorporate things from the culture of Paris alongside neurological studies and information.
Meg Airey: Hi everyone! My name is Meg Airey, and I’m a rising senior at Emory University, studying Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Psychology. I’m looking to complete a PhD in clinical psychology and go on to become a therapist. In my free time, I enjoy running, eating, and traveling as much as possible! While I have never studied French before, I’m fascinated by the language and I’m incredibly excited to learn about all that Paris has to offer.
Ethan Siegel: Bonjour! My name is Ethan and I am a rising junior at Emory University majoring in neuroscience and behavioral biology and minoring in French language and culture. Neuroscience has always been interesting to me because although there has been increasing research on the subject, there is still so much mystery and so much left to discover. I am extremely excited to be in Paris because it allows me to combine aspects of my two main fields of study, while also allowing me to explore a beautiful and amazing city.
Reema Panjwani: Hi! I’m Reema and I’m a double major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m from New York City (shout out to Bayside, Queens!) and am really excited to discover another great city this summer – Paris! At Emory I’m involved in the Hindu Students Association, the Inter-Religious Council, and research in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Winship Cancer Institute. Can’t wait to blog about my crazy out of the mind (neuroscience pun! woohoo!) Parisian experiences.
Kamin Bouguyon: Bonjour, tout le monde! I am currently majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Having always loved learning about science and how the world works, exploring neuroscience in Paris promises to be the experience of a lifetime. On top of that, I hope to further develop my French speaking ability as I learn about my heritage. Thinking about all of the new sights and senses that open up around this city allows for new glimpses into the world of the brain as I will show you new ways to think about food, music, and so much more.