Undergraduate research inspires REU, Goldwater honor and graduate school
Biology major Brandi Pessman ’19 will enter a Ph.D. program in animal behavior this fall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln—a goal that was shaped by her research with Chandreyee Mitra, assistant professor of biology. At the symposium, Pessman presented findings on electrocommunication signals in Black Ghost Knifefish, the result of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Indiana University.
“The thirst for knowledge and curiosity for the unknown has fueled much of my research career, and it will continue to do so,” said Pessman, who earned a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention last year. “Doing research at North Central, and presenting at the Rall symposium … demonstrate that I have the power to find answers to questions and solutions to problems.”
College Scholar Luke Musgrave ’19 explored a subject way outside his actuarial science major. He embraced his musical talents and decided to contrast traditional protestant hymns with contemporary praise and worship songs. “I wondered if the lyrical content was significantly different between the two styles of worship. Since I couldn't find any specific studies on this subject, I decided to write my thesis on that topic,” said Musgrave, who will begin a career in actuarial science at Allstate in September.