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Frances C. coaches Brain Bee students

Frances C.

Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
From the Lions Mouth
“My favorite Columbia moment was when I had the chance to eat dinner with Professor Martin Chalfie through the Columbia Neuroscience Society. When I arrived for Days on Campus, I attended his Master Class, where I learned that he had won the Nobel Prize for discovering and developing a protein that I had been working with in my research on Parkinson's disease. Being able to speak with him about his work was incredible.”
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.