Eric Russell ’16
Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Factors and Applied Cognition at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Eric’s interest in cognitive psychology was evident when he selected the topic of his Senior Study, “The Effects of Green Space on College Student Stress and Cognitive Performance.” Today, as a Ph.D. student, he is interested in studying visual attention and eye-tracking related to transportation and safety. He credits Maryville College and its faculty for preparing him for the rigors of graduate school.
“Internships, clubs and the opportunities to meet experts in the field of neuroscience and psychology gave me a chance to network with others who are passionate about their work,” he said. “I am certain that if I had to choose an undergraduate college again, I would pick Maryville College every time.”
Katherine McNeely White ’17
Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.
Kat was not only accepted into the Ph.D. program at Colorado State, she was offered tuition remission, a graduate teaching assistant appointment with a stipend and an invitation to personally choose which faculty member she wanted to work under. She credits the College’s coursework and requirements for undergraduate research, comprehensive exams and internships for helping her stand out among other applicants. “If I could do undergrad again, I would absolutely choose my small liberal arts college over a large state university,” she said. “I was never an overlooked student in the sea of my peers. My professors noticed and mentored me, and I will always be grateful to them.”
Courtney Bowers ’15
Currently: Pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Tennessee
Courtney’s interest in neuroscience had always been autism, but through internships and her Senior Study, she realized she wanted to work directly with children. “My practica experience at MC helped me recognize that I wanted a hands-on job working with children with autism and other developmental disorders,” she said. “The coursework, emphasis on writing and research requirements prepared me for the rigor of graduate school, and my neuroscience major helps me to better understand the neurological basis of the disorders I see in children on a daily basis as I help them learn to communicate.”