“My goal is to pursue a research career in translational psychiatry, a field where you apply basic sciences to real life by ‘translating’ what we know into practice.”
Green Mountain College sophomore Thanh Nguyen has travelled a circuitous route to Poultney, Vt.: she was born in Moscow, Russia, and has lived almost all of her life in Hanoi, Vietnam, where her family currently lives.
Thanh heard about GMC through a Vietnamese alumni network, as well as her reading of a Princeton Review list of the greenest colleges in the United States. “I felt like I would be welcomed in Vermont,” she said.
Thanh has taken advantage of the self-designed major program to mix her interests in biology and psychology into one cohesive major, as well as taking on a minor in chemistry. “I’m interested in the biological basis of mental processes,” she said. “My goal is to pursue a research career in translational psychiatry, a field where you apply basic sciences to real life by ‘translating’ what we know into practice.”
Thanh has made close friendships in both the Model U.N. club and the Intercultural Club. “I’ve met great groups of students and had great experiences in both clubs, ” she said. Thanh’s ambitious goal is to go to graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in clinical neuroscience.
She’s already getting the hands-on lab experience so important in getting admission to grad school. She and prof. Natalie Coe (biology) are planning a research study on the differences in human biological response to psychological stresses.
“The biology faculty has been especially helpful in my time here. The department is a small and close-knit community, which I appreciate a lot,” she said. “Natalie Coe is a great professor, mentor, and advisor. She has influenced me so much, especially in my passion for science.”