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Neuroscience

Mira Trebilcock ’12

“As an athlete, I was always interested in the relationship between the human body/mind and sport. My undergraduate studies in psychology and neuroscience provided me with a breadth of knowledge, and hands on experience conducting and analyzing research. My senior research project focused on the neurological effects of recurrent sport related concussions and it’s associated late-life cognitive impairment. Although I enjoyed research, I was missing the interactive components involved in other areas of study. During the spring of my senior year I had the opportunity to be a Program Development and Public Relations Intern at Great Lake Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA). GLASA is a not-for-profit organization for physically and visually impaired youth and adults. I had the privilege of planning, organizing and managing events to raise funds and solicit donors for the organization. I became so invested in the organization and took a fondness working in an administrative role, along with the interactive component of working with the athletes. In order to combine my background in the science and my knowledge in program development, with my passion for athletics, I have pursued a career in Program Development at an independent boarding school in Canada. My background in sciences has helped me in all facets of my current employment. My technical writing skills, along with my exacting knowledge to present key figures, and determine efficient processes have been critical in my ability to receive funding to develop successful programs throughout various departments at the school. Within the next two years I plan on completing my Master of Science in Program Development and Sport Management at the University of Regina. I feel confident that Lake Forest College has provided with the knowledge and research tools necessary to complete this program and pursue a successful career as an Athletic Director.”

How did you choose your area of study?

I have chosen to pursue a minor in neuroscience because I find the connection associating brain, mind and behavior to be complex and fascinating. The miniscule structures within our brains are accomplishing numerous tasks every second without us even recognizing what is happening. I hope to one day become a sports psychologist and use my background in neuroscience as a means of understanding why the brain reacts and causes us to behave in certain ways. The knowledgeable professors and eager students within the department provide a great atmosphere to increase understanding and further explore the brain.