Kirsten Ebanks, William A. Dart Scholar
2014 William A. Dart Memorial Scholar
Northeastern University in Boston, MA, Behavioural Neuroscience
Aspiring to a career in medical research – primarily in the fields of addiction therapy and abnormal psychology – Kirsten was invited to Northeastern to attend the University Honours Programme, where she is now in her third year of studies.
While at Northeastern, Kirsten has taken on the role of a Research Assistant in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Lab as well as in the Melloni Aggression Lab. She is also a volunteer in Northeastern’s Enabling Engineering programme, where students design and build tools and products to benefit those with disabilities – her group designed a cup to benefit patients with Parkinson’s and conditions of motor deficits.
This past September, Kirsten attended the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada. Speaking of her experience, Kirsten said: “It was a truly wonderful experience. It was so refreshing to see a forum that was not afraid to talk about difficult issues and discuss solutions in a peaceful and supportive manner. It was inspiring to see what these young people have accomplished and to know that anyone can do the same.”
Outside of her studies, Kirsten is a talented musician and artist, and her goals after university include returning to Cayman and working to improve facilities and programmes for the treatment of mental illness and addiction.
Kirsten, congratulations on your selection by Harvard Medical School!
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