North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central College students prepare for careers in health sciences and medicine

Rebecca Kirk
North Central pre-health students receive preparation in academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Oct. 19, 2011—At North Central College, pre-health students get a full dose of preparation: academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Rebecca Kirk, a junior with majors in biochemistry and psychology, has had her heart set on becoming a doctor for as long as she can remember. “I’ve wanted to become a pediatrician since the day I was born,” she says.

Jessica VandenBerg

When Jessica VandenBerg was looking at colleges, she hadn’t yet decided on a major. “I chose to come to North Central College because of its size, location and outlets for involvement like the track and cross country teams.”

Jessica competed athletically during her first two years and has extended her involvement to other areas of campus. She’s active with Focus, a weekly worship service, and has taken service trips to Mobile, AL, and Titanyen, Haiti.

As a psychology major, Jessica has immersed herself in research opportunities with faculty. “North Central truly is phenomenal in preparing students with heavy research backgrounds, especially when students seek these opportunities,” Jessica says. “I'm currently working on a project with Professor Karl Kelley, examining the effects of short-term positive emotions.”

Jessica plans to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology and teach and research at a small college like North Central. “My involvement on campus has prepared me for my career by helping me learn to relate to others and work together. To me it’s not about how I can work to advance myself but rather how we as people can work together to benefit one another,” Jessica says.

Majors Minors and Programs : Neuroscience

North Central College alumnus shares tales of neuroscience research with students

A North Central alumnus being recognized for his accomplishments as a student-athlete took time to talk to biology students about his neuroscience research.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

Nov. 1, 2010—A North Central College alumnus being recognized for his accomplishments as a student-athlete took time during Homecoming 2010 to talk to biology students about his neuroscience research.

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