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Amanda Grassel

Richter Project

“Discovering molecules and mechanisms to combat Parkinson’s Disease” – Amanda Grassel ’23 with Professor of Biological Sciences Shubhik DebBurman

Academic Interests

Neuroscience, Biology (anatomy/physiology), African American Studies, Religion


Otsego, MN, USA

High School

Rogers Senior High


Outside of my courses, I am heavily involved in several organizations including Nu Rho Psi, Future Health Professionals, Its On Us, Women in STEM, and Synapse. I also served as the Director of Communications for Synapse and will be serving on the executive boards for Nu Rho Ps and Future Health Professionals as the co-president and secretary, respectively. In addition, I have been a Peer Teacher and Peer Mentor for several biology courses and have very much enjoyed being a resource and mentor for the student's I've taught! Despite my very busy schedule, in my free time I love making art and taking care of my many plants.

My Dream Job

 college is to become a neurosurgeon. I hope to someday be able to innovate new, more efficient ways of preforming surgeries and make a difference in peoples' lives around the world. I want to travel and practice surgery in many different countries, especially throughout Africa.