Casey Gilman '16 Gained Confidence in STEM at Simmons

May 25, 2017

Casey Gilman

We caught up with Casey about applying to medical school!

What program were you in at Simmons? 

I studied neurobiology on a pre-med track and minored in chemistry

What made you choose Simmons?

My cousin went to Simmons and she was my role model growing up. The minute I stepped onto campus, I knew that Simmons was the right choice for me. It felt like home.

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?

By giving me the opportunity and skills to connect with the greater community. I would not be working where I am today without my incredible professors who encouraged me every step of the way and advised me both personally and professionally.

What's your current job?

I'm currently a Lab Manager and Research Assistant in a Neurodevelopmental Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Newborn Medicine department.

What's a typical day like?

I do something different nearly every day. That's probably what I like most about my job because it gives me flexibility, allows me to problem solve, and often, challenges me. In general, I'm given a goal by my Principal Investigator (PI) and I have to design and carry out experiments. I also do a lot of managing tasks such as ordering, acting as a liaison between our PI and the lab members — and organizing the lab overall.

What's your favorite part of your job?

The people that I work with. In my lab, I have some of the most wonderful individuals that help me grow each day. The mission of the hospital as a whole is emanated in all the people who work here. I'm very grateful to be surrounded by that kind of positivity and intellect each day.

What advice would you give to students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)?

Simmons is an incredible place for women to thrive in STEM. We are pushed to the greatest degree by professors who truly care about us. I wouldn't have the confidence that I have now in my science skills if I hadn’t attended Simmons.

What led you apply to medical school?

I had always been interested in health care, but it became my passion after I was diagnosed with a chronic neurological disease at seventeen. I was a fortunate case in that I was healthy enough that I could pursue a career helping others who were in situations like mine. I strive to be a clinician who knows how it feels to be sick and takes a “person as a whole” approach.

What's your Simmons moment? 

My Simmons moment was when I gave a speech about my chronic illness at the Scholarship Brunch in the spring of 2015. I was amazed at how much support there was in the room when I was holding back tears discussing how thankful I was to attend Simmons.