In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Alexandra Trausch ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Neuroscience Program’s 2015 Student of the Year.
Trausch, a neuroscience major from Old Lyme, Connecticut, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.
“In terms of academic scholarship and service, Alex was clearly one of our top students,” says John McCoy, professor of psychology and director of Stonehill’s Neuroscience Program. “What set Alex apart in the view of the neuroscience faculty was her significant contribution to research.”
As a Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) scholar and a research intern at the Brockton VA Medical Center, Trausch conducted research on a model designed to understand the biological basis of schizophrenia. She presented the results of her research at the 2015 NEURON Conference at Quinnipiac University in February, and will make a second presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in October.
Trausch was also one of only three undergraduates nationwide to be invited to 2014 Sleep Training Workshop at the Lake Arrowhead UCLA conference center in California, which she attended last fall.
“Alex possesses intellectual curiosity, drive and persistence, all necessary attributes for a successful career in biomedical research, but what I like most about her is that she is kind and humble,” adds McCoy. “Her motivation to find answers in the laboratory is based on compassion and respect for the human beings who live with schizophrenia.”
Trausch will begin her pursuit of a PhD in neurobiology and physiology at the University of Connecticut this fall.
“I am grateful for the opportunities both academic and otherwise that the Stonehill community provided me,” says Trausch. “I am especially thankful to my mother, father and sister who were incredibly supportive throughout my college career, and all of my friends here at Stonehill for making this the best journey possible.”
Selected Activities and Achievements
- Moreau Honors Scholar
- Inducted into the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society (Stonehill College)
- Inducted into the Sigma Zeta Honor Society (science and mathematics)
- Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) scholar
- Member of the Stonehill College Neuroscience Society
- Served as a Peer Lead Team Leader for general chemistry courses
- Served as a teaching assistant in East Lyme, Connecticut (K-8)