"When I first came here, the professors described all the different opportunities, including undergraduate research. It's excited me even more since I've been here because I've been doing undergraduate research since my first semester freshman year."

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Why Bucknell?

"I first heard about Bucknell after my mom saw a doctor in Danville. He mentioned that a lot of people who study premed from my area -- a rural area of Pennsylvania -- go to Bucknell and then to med school. I looked into it online, became really interested and visited. The first time I was on campus, I knew this was the one place I wanted to go.

"It was the entire experience, the whole visit, meeting the professors, the campus itself. It was really well-kept, and everyone at the University really cares about the campus. I love all the opportunities we have and the closeness you get with professors."

My major

"I've always been interested in the mind and the brain and the connection between them. I've worked for a drug and alcohol counseling business for a few years, and just this past year I've been working in counseling. I plan to go to medical school and get into interventional radiology, which involves using equipment like MRIs and CAT scans for surgery.

"When I first came here, the professors described all the different opportunities, including undergraduate research. It's excited me even more since I've been here because I've been doing undergraduate research since my first semester freshman year. I work with the EEG lab and help to train people. We're mapping the connection between obsessive-compulsive disorder and certain brain frequency, looking at the electrical signals in the brain."

My activities

"I'm the president of the Shotokan Karate Club. In Shotokan, I am a purple belt, which is just past halfway to black belt. I've also been training in Tang Soo Do, a different style of martial arts, since I was 7, and I am a black belt in that style.

"I'm the junior fellow for the Global Residential College, which is academic interest housing. The students who live on the hall are taking a freshman seminar class together. I do programming with them, live on the hall with them, and work in conjunction with the resident assistant. I plan various trips and activities.

"I am also a brother in the Chi Phi Fraternity, and it has been a great influence on my life here at Bucknell. It has been a positive experience in that I have found a core group of people that I know I can trust and count on. Also, it has allowed me to continue performing community service. I will be attending the Habitat for Humanity trip this spring break with a number of my brothers."

Steven is from Philipsburg, Pa.

Posted Jan. 12, 2011
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