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Neuroscience Graduates


  • Karleigh Rea Ash I will be attending University of Pennsylvania for an accelerated bachelors of science in nursing. After those 18 months, I hope to matriculate into one of their master’s programs. At the current moment, I would like to be in the pediatric nurse practitioner program.
  • Rajiv Ashok Banavali I am currently on the waitlist for a few medical schools so I hope to matriculate into medical school next year, but since that might not work out I’m in the process of looking for a job in biotech or as a research assistant.
  • John Kenneth Butterfield II
  • Angelique Antonia Ciliberti I will be attending the University of Virginia School of Law in the fall.
  • Pamela Suzanne Clough I will be working in Washington D.C. with U.S. PIRG as the Southern States Field Organizer, doing policy research and advocacy.
  • Amanda Marie Dunn My plans are to get my master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at either Rowan or Rutgers for the next year. Then, I am planning to go to medical school the following year to study neurology!
  • Cameron Grant Ford I will be attending West Virginia University working towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
  • Monica Susheela Hegde
  • Alissa Susan Kasunich I am going to WVU Med School
  • Ryan D. Koski-Vacirca I’ll be over at the Wake graduate school, doing the 1-year M.S. in biomedical sciences. Then, I hope to matriculate to wake med.
  • Payton Mackenzie Leech I am going to be going to Wake Forest’s Medical School in August.
  • Elise Ruth Madar I’ll be attending Penn State College of Medicine for the next four years.
  • Lisa Marie Manderino I’ll be attending Kent State University in the fall for a PhD in Clinical Psychology and concentrating in neuropsychology.  I’ll be doing research in the neuropsycology lab on (hopefully) mild TBI in athletes.
  • James Whittier Morgan
  • Daniel Scott Powell For the next 2 years I’ll be working at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD as a postbac researcher in the Office of the Clinical Director. After that my long-term plans are to attend medical school and possibly pursue psychiatry or neurology
  • Ashley Marie Ratcliffe I am planning to attend UNCG for a second BA in Biology to prepare for the MCAT.  Afterwards, I plan to attend medical school and pursue Neurology and possibly research in Neuroscience.  My ultimate goal is to use my Computer Science background with my Neuroscience experience to work on the Human Brain Mapping project.  I would like to use this research to possibly create an artificial computer model of the brain to help in diagnoses of a wide variety of both physiological and psychological neurological problems.
  • Emily Elyse Rogers I will be attending wake forest graduate school of arts and sciences to get my master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a concentration in neuroscience, hopefully after continuing on to obtain my PhD.
  • Kaitlyn Marie Roman Next year I will be working at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center doing neuroscience research. I plan to apply to graduate schools this fall.
  • Katherine Victoria Sams I plan to apply to graduate psychology programs in the fall and get my clinical Ph. D. with an emphasis in neuropsychology. In the year or so I will have off before going to graduate school, I will be here in Winston-Salem working with clinical psychologist Dr. Bill Sloan.
  • Phillip Ryan Tacon I am hoping to work as a medical scribe and interpreter for a year, before applying to enter medical school in 2015 with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.


  • Tayler Michelle Bungo
  • Pamela Anne Marie Fazio 
  • Alexandru Firan I will be going to Georgetown for Med School!
  • Samantha Catherine Greenman
  • James Parker Hibble
  • Thomas Ruff Hopkins I have just accepted a College of Medicine Dean’s Award at the Medical University of South Carolina, and I will enroll in the Fall.
  • Austin Dale Jones
  • Christine Teal Kozikowski 
  • Devon Elizabeth McGinty
    Shannon Marie McNally
  • Elizabeth Ellsworth Meyer
  • Caroline Leigh Copeland Neely  I will be working full time for the Public Health Sciences division of WF Baptist Health and helping out with research on the Reynolda Campus over the summer.  In the Fall, I will be attending George Mason University for the MA Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience program.
  • Radhika Rajendra Patil
  • Timothy Phillip Pope
  • Bradley Dylan Shugoll I will be working at Wake next year as the Fellow in the Division of Student Life.
  • Andrea Katherine Stacy I received an Intramural Research Training Award with the NIH and will be working in Dr. Ungerleider’s lab for the next two years.
  • Chloe Hattie Starr
  • Jordan Anne Van Horn
  • Amber McGinnis Whitmill
  • Matthew Alexander Whitmill I recently applied to Wake’s MS program (Erik Johnson’s lab), but haven’t heard back yet.  If that doesn’t work out, I’ll be taking a gap year before applying to medical and graduate schools.
  • Alice Teresa Zic


  • Kelly Miskewicz  I am attending the Masters in Psychology program at Wake Forest next year.
  •  Caitlin Davis  I will be attending East Carolina University to pursue my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.
  •  Maria Binney I have officially decided to attend Belmont’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program- where I will get another semester of neuroscience
  •  Rebecca Alms  I found out this week that I got into the Masters in Bioethics program!
  •  Kim O’Neill  I will be applying for research assistant positions in New York City for my gap year, and am applying to Medical Schools this Spring so hopefully will be attending a school in Fall 2013.
  •  Lindsey Collins  I will be going to the University of Virginia for a Ph.D. program in the sensory and systems neuroscience program of the Psychology department.
  •  Brad Avery I will be in the M.A. in experimental psychology program here at Wake next year.
  •  Nicole Angelo I’m one of those who is still not sure what the plan is next year! I’m currently on the wait list at Wake Forest School of Medicine (fingers crossed!) and have applied to numerous post-baccalaureate masters in biomedical sciences programs, but am waiting to hear back from all of them. My ultimate goal is medical school, but there may be a masters degree coming before that if Wake Med doesn’t work out!
  •  Ryan Ford Next year I’m going to ECU for a PhD in Health Psychology.
  •  Wilson Nave I plan on moving back home this summer to save up some money.  Then, in the fall I’ll either get a temporary job in the US Virgin Islands or travel somewhere (probably Europe).  I’ll probably be taking only one year off before continuing on to grad school.
  • Meghan Reeves I am currently at the VCU/MCV Premed Graduate Certificate Program.


  • Alex Hall-Ruiz I’m going into the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience PhD program at the University of Michigan to work with John Jonides.
  • Afton Vechery I will be working as an analyst at Private Equity firm Great Point Partners next year.
  • Kristina Trudeau I’m actually going on to get my Masters in Forensic Psychology at Marymount University next year.
  • Kelsey Meekins I am attending West Virginia University’s Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. program. I will specifically be studying sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Greg Alberto I’m heading to WFUSM I’ll be working on an MD hopefully being able to work my way into a PhD program at the same time. Definitely plan to focus on neuro.
  • Angie Phillips I’ll be teaching high school science in Charlotte, NC as a Teach for America corps member for 2 years. After that I hope to be in medical school.
  • Taylor Pryor I had my first job interview today with PML Pathology.  I hope to obtain a job in the WNC area in the biological sciences (right now it’s mostly lab-tech positions I’ve applied for – doing H&M staining, immunohistochemistry, etc) for a few years, and then possibly go on to get my Ph.D. in neuroscience.
  • Michael Jennings I am currently planning on taking an intensive MCAT prep course in July and then the MCAT soon after. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan I will be in Medical School next year. Ideally, I would like to do an MD/PhD program as I am interested in continuing in my research pursuits.


  • Bryan Lamareau  Med School U of Louisville
  • Madison Shoaf  Grad School, Wake Biology
  • Emily Ware I am attending Boston College to pursue a Masters in Nursing. My goal is to put my neuroscience minor to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner on a neurology inpatient floor.
  • Gabrielle Musci Med School, Georgetown
  • Sam Ford


  • Creer, Rebecca Research technician at the Wake Forest University Medical School
  • Edgerton, Colston I am on the wait list at UNC Medical School and am hoping to line up some international medical volunteer opportunities for next year should I end up reapplying.
  • Horne, Jessica I will be attending Medical School next year.
  • Mulcahy, Matthew Graduate School at the Brown University Department of Phamacology
  • Stowe, Rob I will be attending the University of Louisville School of Medicine with present intentions of becoming a pediatric neurologist
  • Yeager. Alex Pharmaceutical Sales Representative — Abbott Laboratories


  • Blackburn, Daniel
  • Blackstone, Kaitlin I will be working as a research assistant at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. I will be working in the pediatric neuropsychology department in a lab that assesses language functioning in children with epilepsy using brain imaging techniques and neuropsych testing. In the next year or two, I hope to go to graduate school to earn my PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • Cathell, Jamie I will be working as the Health Programs Intern at DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Cheatham, Sarah I plan to take part in a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course and spend a semester in the Pacific Northwest glacier hiking, rock climbing, sailing, and canoeing.
  • Dunn, Heather
  • Edwards, Kathryn I will be attending graduate school at American University in D.C. I will be in their Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience PhD program.
  • Hollowell, Adrienne
  • Jackson, Chris I’ll be in medical school at Johns Hopkins next year.
  • Lyall, Amanda Technician in Mary Lou Voytko’s lab. I have been accepted to the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Program at UNC-Chapel Hill for my PhD starting next fall (2009).
  • Mehta, Atul I will take a year off to work in a research position at the University of Colorado Medical School and hopefully go to Medical School the following year.
  • Morgan, Ashley Next year I will be in Philadelphia going to graduate school at La Salle University.  It is a two-year program for a Master’s in Clinical-Counseling Psychology.  After the two years I will be a Licensed Professional Counselor, and hope to go on to get my PhD.
  • Pasquale, Amanda
  • Zerbonia, Renee I’m currently taking a year off and working while studying for the LSAT and hopefully going to law school next fall.


  • Anderson, Megan Ashley  Wake Forest Medical School
  • Bauer, Clayton Thomas Md/Ph.D. program Medical College of Virginia
  • Furst, Matthew Leland Wake Forest Medical School
  • Leigh, John Adam
  • Lynch, Meaghan Margaret Boston University School of Medicine
  • Makinson, Chris Emory University’s Neuroscience PhD program
  • McClure, Lindsay Peard I am taking a “personal year” to travel and work abroad- however I will be back after that.  I will keep you posted as to what I find myself doing- at this point it looks like medical equipment sales or genetic counseling maybe.  And down the road I really want to start a nonprofit/organization to outsource pharmaceuticals to a particular country.
  • Plumhoff, Jordan Elizabeth I will be going on to get my masters in clinical psychology at Towson University in Baltimore Maryland.
  • Reading, Erin Elizabeth Graduate school at UNC-G to obtain a masters in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Seibert, Ryan Graham applying to medical school for the Fall 2008.  I’m taking a year off to serve as an AmeriCorps member in Boulder, CO.  I will be working as a medical assistant in a community health clinic for the medically-underserved.
  • Shattuck, Avery Ann
  • Smith, Chelsey Marie University of Wisconsin Neuroscience PhD program



  • Erica Byrne I am looking to go to Physical Therapy school, however next year I will be working in a clinic/rehab center to gain clinical experience because so many of the Doctorate programs require work experience.  I want to pursue the Doctorate degree because many programs allow you to specialize (I want to specialize in neuromuscular control) and you also have a lot more autonomy once you actually start practicing.  I’ll send you more details as soon as I can about my exact job/location for next year.
  • Chris Lough
  • Erinn Nanney Graduate School of Public Health at Georgetown
  • Ashley Pollock I will be doing research with Dr. Antonio Puente, a clinical neuropsychologist in Wilmington, NC and a professor at UNCW. I will be applying to PhD programs in Clinical Neuropsychology in the fall.
  • Sean Wheeler Is currently teaching English in Korea.



  • Jonathan Adams I will be graduating this year.  I am planning on taking the MCAT in August.  Then I hope to work in the medical field for a year before attending medical school.
  • Adesola Akinkuotu
  • Anna Armstrong I’m headed to graduate school at ECU. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences.  but if I play my cards right, I will do research under the faculty of the med school.
  • Matthew Busick
  • Joe Franklin
  • Liz Godbold I finally figured out what I will be doing.  I am going to LSU next fall to start a PhD program in school psychology.  It’s very behavioral psych but hopefully I will get to take some bio psych courses and keep doing some neuro stuff.  I absolutely loved the neuro minor (even more than my psych major) and if it had been available as a major, I would have done it.
  • Amy Hosmer I will be graduating in May.  This summer, I am staying at Wake and taking the Summer Management Program through the Calloway School, but will begin my internship/research position at the University of Pittsburgh in July.  I will be working with Dr. Shahid Husain, in Transplant Infectious Diseases at UPMC.  Although this internship is in a different field, I still have intentions of pursuing Neurology, as I remain interested in neuromuscular disorders.  During the summer, I plan on applying to medical school, and hopefully begin in the Fall of 2006.
  • Lindsey Nowakowski
  • Jenna Schuster I will be at Northwestern next year in their NUIN (Northwestern University Institute of Neuroscience) program.
  • Dustin Smith I’ll be pursuing my MSc at the MIT Media Lab working as a Research Assistant.   Two of the research groups I will be joining are:
    • Commonsense Computing:  creating agent “mind” architectures and developing automated reasoning methods, particularly those which deal with natural language.
    • Affective Computing:  building software and machines that use brain readings (EEGs, etc) to estimate “affective” information from the user, and changing their behavior based on the user’s emotional state.
    • My neuroscience minor was certainly an influential factor in my decision to work there, and probably my admission to the program as well.  The Media Lab’s theme this decade is “Mind and Machine.”   I’d be happy to be referenced on behalf, and in support, of Wake’s Neuroscience program.
  • Tim Whitfield PhD program in  Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina
  • Jackie Young This fall I will be starting graduate school at Northwestern University to get a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Thanks for everything!




  • Jeri Bryant Graduate School, PHD Program University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
  • Caroline Raasch MD/PHD Program, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • Heather Lanthorn MS from Health Behavior, Health Education Program, University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Currently in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, where she is studying diabetes on a Fulbright Scholarship.  Will start on PHD at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Population and International Health in the summer of 2008.
  • Katie Davis University of Florida College of Medicine
  • E.W. Seltzer Graduate Neuroscience Program, Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Dropped out of program. Is now in Med School.)
  • T Stewart Graduate School, PHD Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology and Program in Biomedical Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine



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  • Becca Lundin
  • Kate Niemiec
  • Tom Redick
  • Brooke Watson
  • Kate Jones

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