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Sandra Hewett: 'Science Is Hard Work, but It’s Fun'

Sep 9, 2016

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As an undergraduate, Sandra Hewett expected to become a medical doctor. But her career goal changed when she stepped into a research laboratory. “I was instantly enthralled by the interactive nature of science, the ability to ask and answer one’s own challenging questions,” she says. “You’re continuously learning new things. I realized I was better suited for research.”

Hewett, the inaugural Beverly Petterson Bishop Professor of Neuroscience and director of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011, strives to share with her colleagues, undergraduates and graduate students the excitement she experiences while doing scientific research. Her efforts are paying off: The number of undergraduates majoring in neuroscience has increased from 20 in 2010 (the year the program was established) to nearly 150 today. The graduate concentration in neuroscience was approved in 2014-2015, and 10 students are currently enrolled.

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