• Graduation Year: 2024

anee KumarsquareMajor: Biological Sciences

Minor: Political Science, Nutrition 

How did you decide on your major?

As a pre-medical student, the Biological Sciences major was appealing to me in that it has allowed me to smoothly complete the pre-prerequisite coursework for medical school while also enabling me to explore my interests. While the major is demanding and requires dedication, it provided me with the freedom to discover other subject areas that fulfill my passions.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

The Biological Sciences major has altered the way in which I have perceived the field of science. Oftentimes, students do not appreciate the intricacies of different fields of biology. My exposure to courses in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, neuroscience, ecology, etc. has uncovered a degree of curiosity that has strongly impacted myself for the better.

IDo you have favorite class/professor within your major?

Advanced Nutrition (Macronutrients) - Dr. Malcolm Watford.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

Outside of being a Biological Sciences Major, I am also pursuing a minor in Political Science. This opportunity has been one of my favorite academic experiences. I had the chance to work with the Director of the Eagleton Center of Public Interest Polling in conducting a survey research project on the issue of Opioid Addiction in New Jersey.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

Outside of my academics, I conduct research in the Cell Biology and Neuroscience Department where I have been working on my departmental honors thesis which investigates the impact of Down Syndrome- Alzheimer's Disease Pathological Tau Toxicity on Human Microglia. In addition, I work as a Medical Assistant for a Hackensack Meridian Health Internal Medicine Group. I have held the positions of Vice President and Grassroots Chair of the Rutgers undergraduate chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I have served as a suicide prevention counselor for Crisis Text Line. I am also a peer mentor in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year while I work through the medical school application process in hopes of becoming a physician.

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