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Frances C. coaches Brain Bee students

Frances C.

From the Lions Mouth
“The Core has to be my favorite Columbia tradition. Even after my first year, it has opened up several conversations with complete strangers as well as other alumni. I was in an entirely new city, and ran into a Columbia College alumnus, and we talked about Frontiers of Science for a good half hour.”
My Extracurricular Activities
My Columbia Day
  • Begin my day at my job at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, where I'm an administrative assistant. I've enjoyed getting a glimpse of the Ph.D admissions process, and to also learn more about the field of East Asian studies, an area that was completely new to me.


  • Enjoy the discussion in my small seminar of ten students in Crossroads in Bioethics, a class where we discuss bioethical issues by engaging in scientific role-play.

  • Discuss Virgil's Aeneid in Literature Humanities with Professor Sandra Prior. Her all-encompassing knowledge, openness to my thoughts, and our common love of mint chocolate make her one of my favorite professors.

  • Grab chicken and rice from a food cart with my co-president of the Columbia Neuroscience Society (CNS). I've had the chance to teach New York City school children about the brain, and I've helped organize the New York Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for high school students.

  • Meet with other senior editors of the Journal of Global Health, which facilitates dialogue between undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members in the field of global health through a publication and podcasts. I've learned about social issues surrounding mental wellness in Kenya, the health care system in Mongolia, and the rise of faith healing in Tanzania, all while reviewing articles for submission in a coffee shop in New York City.