Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars
- Kusuma Ananth
- Thesis Title: Role of orexin on binge eating behavior studied through pharmacogenetic modulation
- Thesis Department: Animal Sciences
- Student Major: Cell Biology & Neuroscience
- Favorite Rutgers Moment: My favorite Rutgers experience was teaching my own First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS). I designed my own lesson plans and then carried them out when I taught my class titled Careers in the Sciences. Teaching my class gave me the opportunity to mentor 24 first-year students and help them with the transition to college. By introducing them to the field of STEM, making them aware of the resources provided at Rutgers, and leading fun and interactive classes, I feel like I've made a difference in the experiences that my students are having at Rutgers and beyond.
- Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
- Dream/Goal: I would like to conduct biomedical research in order to discover what causes autoimmune disorders and how we can prevent and treat them more effectively.
- What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: I am very excited to be a Paul Robeson Scholar because doing an honors thesis is something I knew I wanted to do even before I entered college. I have always been fascinated by biology, so being able to conduct independent research in the field has been a great experience. It's helped improve my critical thinking and problem solving skills, has expanded my interest in biology, and has provided me with a strong foundation for my further education and future career.