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Brooklyn McCue

photo of female studentBrooklyn McCue

When she graduated from high school, Brooklyn knew she wanted to go into the field of neuroscience, but wasn’t sure in what capacity. “I wanted time to explore my options, and I knew Columbus state is a great place to do that.”

What she didn’t know about attending Columbus State is that it would also lead to great research opportunities. As a member of the Columbus State STEM Club and a recipient of the full-tuition Future Scientists of Ohio scholarship, Brooklyn has been exposed to research projects she would not have otherwise known about.

“I was chosen to do neuroscience research on a National Science Foundation (NSF) project – and being at Columbus State was one of the big reasons I got the opportunity.” NSF projects are intended to provide research experiences to students who otherwise would not have them. Because community colleges are not research institutions, our students are great candidates for NSF research positions."

Brooklyn says the Honors Program faculty have also been a big part of her success. “They helped me determine my career direction, and they know what it takes to get there. Their connections can help you gain opportunities you wouldn’t get otherwise!”

Now in her second year in the Honors Program, Brooklyn has been surprised at how manageable the program is.“At first, I was worried that the classes would be really hard – they are more work, but you also gain more. Plus, we have a really great support system. The older Honors Program students mentor and help the younger ones. Last year, I really depended on the help I received from my peers. This year, it’s flipped. I’m the one who is now mentoring the new Honors Program students.”

After graduation, Brooklyn intends to attend The Ohio State University and continue on for a Ph.D to launch her career in neuroscience research and teaching.