Danielle Morency '18 Interns at Harvard Medical School

April 05, 2017

Danielle Morency

Danielle filled us in on STEM at Simmons!

What are you studying at Simmons?

I'm majoring in neuroscience and biochemistry and minoring in biostatistics.

What's your favorite class you've taken so far?

Biological Psychology with Professor Amanda Carey. I found the material to be very interesting. Professor Carey is an engaging and entertaining professor.

Where are you interning?

Harvard Medical School in the Ginty Lab. My overarching project is looking at contributions of the peripheral nervous system to anxiety-like behavior and social-interaction deficits observed in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I take part in every step of the research, from weaning litters and running behavioral assays to histology such as cryosectioning brain and spinal cord tissue and performing the immunohistochemistry.

What are the top 3 lessons you've learned from your internship?

  • Write down everything in your lab notebook.
  • If you don't understand something, ask questions.
  • Pack a snack.

What advice would you give to students considering studying STEM?

STEM is hard  — but rewarding. You'll get actual knowledge that you can turn into a career, where you can make a real difference in the world.

What's your favorite thing to do in Boston?

There's this waffle place called Zinneken's in Harvard Square. The waffles are heavenly.

What's your Simmons moment?

I'm thankful for Simmons every day. It's important to me because this is the place where I've learned so much about myself and grown into the person I am today. I'm really proud of who I am, and Simmons is a big part of that.

Danielle flying over Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Spring, N.Y.