Natalie Straight-Department of Biological Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, April 17, 2009

Natalie Straight

May 2010 Graduate, B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology

“The first time I visited Carnegie Mellon during admitted students’ weekend, it just felt like home.”

I chose the biological sciences and psychology combined major, because I believe the connections between the two fields are very strong and intriguing. In my psychology classes, the instructors brush over the biology aspects of the topics. I use the knowledge that I learned within my biology courses to fill in the gaps. I strive to make connections between psychological events and their molecular basis, in order to better understand people’s reactions to certain situations.

This summer, I will participate in the Cold Spring Harbor Internship program. During the internship, I will be working on a molecular neuroscience project that will utilize both my psychology and my biology backgrounds. I have never completed neuroscience research before, so I am very excited for my internship.

However, I have completed other types of research during my undergraduate education at Carnegie Mellon. I currently work in Dr. Peter Berget’s laboratory, where I study variable fragments of antibodies. These variable fragments bind and then activate fluorescent dyes.

In addition to research, I am involved in other groups and organizations on campus. I am a member of the Kiltie Marching Band and University Orchestra. I play the french horn and trumpet in both of these groups. I am also the assistant chair for the Carnegie Mellon Involvement Association (CIA). The CIA competes in buggy every year during Carnival, which is a very exciting event to participate in at Carnegie Mellon.

In the future, I hope to use the “can do” attitude that I learned as a biological sciences and psychological major within graduate school.