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The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

STUDENT QUOTES

Our students

Jaqueline Wei Castro, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

I chose to come to UTD because it seemed like the best neuroscience program, little did I know of how right I was. UTD has allowed me to get involved in research, teaching, mentoring, and many other leadership opportunities. It is a campus full of opportunities and amazing people to cheer you on. I would especially like to thank the BBS faculty for their mentorship and guidance. I am more than grateful to have come to an amazing school and meet wonderful people. We share a culture of growth and that is why UTD is bright!

Jaqueline Wei Castro, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

Karishma Mithal, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Being a part of the UT Dallas and BBS family has been the best experience of my life. I am forever grateful for the people I have met along the way. The advisors who have helped me every step of the way, the professors and staff who have worked tirelessly to make sure their students succeed, and to my fellow peers, who have I have formed lifelong bonds with. Through BBS, I have had the opportunities and experiences that have made my last four years so memorable, and for that, I am so thankful. BBS is a school of passion, community, outreach, and experience, and being a part of this family has made me into the person I am today.

Karishma Mithal, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Audra M. Miller, 2020 graduate, Psychology

I am immensely grateful for my time in BBS. The school helped me to find my passion in neuroscience by allowing me to fill my schedule with fantastic professors and a degree plan that gave me room to explore. I was given the opportunity to further my studies as an undergraduate student by participating in the fast-track program, which allowed me to take specialized graduate-level courses and expand my learning. By attending UT Dallas, I was encouraged to explore my interests and discover more of what was possible with my degree. I truly feel like I belong here.

Jenna Rene Cherrey, 2020 graduate, Psychology

Jenna Rene Cherrey, 2020 graduate, Psychology

I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I have met during my time as a BBS student! The professors and faculty are dedicated to ensuring that you have the resources and opportunities necessary to help you succeed. There are so many interesting and unique courses within the program that helped guide my decision to pursue a career in clinical psychology, and further developed my passion towards helping others live their best lives. I owe the invaluable memories and friendships I’ve found while at UT Dallas to BBS.

Jenna Rene Cherrey, 2020 graduate, Psychology

Naureen Zeenat Wajahat, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

I never imagined I would fall in love with neuroscience as much as I did, and that credit goes to all of my stellar professors and mentors. BBS provided me with unique opportunities to not only learn about neuroscience in the classroom but also experience it through research and volunteerism. Attending UT Dallas was one of the best decisions I ever made!

Naureen Zeenat Wajahat, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

Aman Ibrahim Attieh, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

UTD has been the place that helped me achieve my goals and opened doors for future aspirations. As an immigrant student, I had many fears about how I could adjust to the United States educational system. I can confidently say that UTD has helped me overcome my fears with their personable advisors, brilliant professors, and a wide variety of ancillary services. The knowledge and experience I’ve gained throughout my journey at UTD has been very fruitful, has landed me a dream job shortly before I graduated. I feel very prepared for my upcoming career and academic journey and hope to continue to apply the skills I’ve learned to help improve the lives of children I serve.

Aman Ibrahim Attieh, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

Mackenzie Renee Kite, 2020 graduate, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

I’ve had such an amazing time here at UTD in the school of BBS. All of my professors have been so knowledgeable and they all truly care about their students. The classes are engaging and the professors are able to convey their extensive amounts of knowledge efficiently and effectively. I can genuinely say that I have learned so much in my time as an undergraduate here. There are so many great opportunities offered at UTD and I feel so blessed to have been a part of this wonderful school. I am ecstatic to be continuing my education as a graduate student in the Communication Disorders program, here at UTD in the spring.

Mackenzie Renee Kite, 2020 graduate, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Isaiah Swann, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

UT Dallas provided me with the unique opportunity to pursue a neuroscience degree while playing baseball and engaging in NCAA policymaking at the national level. Within the School of BBS specifically, I have met so many amazing faculty, advisors and students who have shaped me into the person I am today. I’m eternally grateful for their guidance and support, which I doubt I would have received to the same degree elsewhere. Go Comets!

Isaiah Swann, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

Paige Richmond, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

I was a part of the fast track program at UTD so I plan on continuing my education through the graduate program at UTD! After I earn my master’s next summer, I hope to work in the public schools as a speech therapist for elementary students. I really loved the program at UTD because it offered the fast track program. This was so helpful to me in decreasing the costs of school as well as getting me to my goals much more quickly!

Paige Richmond, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Glenn Sherard, 2020 graduate, Cognitive Science

The Cognitive Science program at UT Dallas provided me with an abundance of valuable research experience! One of my courses guided me through the extensive process of applying for Institutional Review Board approval for human participant experiments; I enjoyed the course and the many engaging professors who’ve instructed me throughout the program. For many students who may feel uncertain about entering the young, budding field of Cognitive Science, I encouraging exploring it through the program at UT Dallas. To future students, I wish you the best of luck!

Glen Sherard, 2020 graduate, Cognitive Science

Nikki Prattipati, 2020 graduate, Psychology

I will be getting my master’s of science in global health from Duke University upon graduation. I am passionate about health and healthcare access, and I’m excited to continue working in the field! While I’ve learned a lot from classes during my time here at UTD, I am especially grateful for the wonderful faculty. From a friendly hello to conversations that inspired me to delve deeper, the professors have always been supportive and welcoming.

Nikki Prattipati, 2020 graduate, Psychology

JoLynn Scriven, Psychology junior

Going into college I knew I had a strong interest in both psychology and athletics but did not necessarily know how to turn those interests into a realistic career path. With the guidance of the advisors and professors in the BBS program, I was able to make that passion come to life and I am now pursuing a career in Sport Psychology. I am so grateful for BBS and am excited to see where my career goes from here!

JoLynn Scriven, Psychology junior

Christina Martin, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

The opportunities available in child learning and development are so diverse that they allow students to branch out into a variety of fields. My involvement in a research lab was made available to me because two of my professors took a personal interest in my academic experience and told me that I should consider working in the lab. The experience I gained in being in the lab will be invaluable to me when I begin teaching in August as a fourth-grade teacher at Jerry R Junkins Elementary School in Dallas ISD. Starting this summer, I will also begin taking courses towards my master of education degree, with specialties in STEM and early literacy. My academic and personal success can be attributed to how the professors in BBS take a personal interest in all of us to help us maximize our potential.

Christina Martin, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

Mattie Watts, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

Within the school of BBS, the professors, faculty and staff genuinely care about and for their students. They understand that we come from different walks of life and treat us with no judgment. Furthermore, they understand that we all have different goals — not everyone wants to go to med school — and do their best to help us achieve said goals. They leave a powerful and significant impact on those they encounter!

Mattie Watts, 2020 graduate, Child Learning and Development

Isadora Comens, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience, Psychology

The School of BBS presented a unique opportunity to me — its neuroscience program exceeded my expectations. Few of the universities I looked into had such a robust program. Being able to participate in neuroscience research as an undergraduate added to the appeal, and I found invaluable friends and contacts through the Neuroscience Student Association.

Isadora Comens, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience, Psychology

Sarah Rehman, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Through the opportunities I’ve found in the School of BBS, I’ve been able to grow both academically and personally. I owe this growth to the supportive people around me. BBS is special to me because the professors, students and advisors make it feel like home!

Sarah Rehman, 2020 graduate, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Danni Yang, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

The education I’ve received from my professors both in the BBS department and across UT Dallas has no equal. I am so thankful for my mentors who have guided me, encouraged me in pursuing my goals, and advocated on my behalf. The research opportunities in BBS are numerous and undergraduates are supported and welcomed in laboratories, further developing their academic and professional skills. As a department solely for brain and behavioral science, BBS is incredibly unique and I am so grateful to have spent my four years here!

Danni Yang, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

Tejaswini Saalem, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience

As a BBS student, I had access to a wonderful faculty and many opportunities for research, career development and growth. My time with BBS helped me gain the skills and confidence to think creatively, solve problems and be versatile. The programs that BBS offers come packaged with a very friendly and supportive advising staff. I highly recommend BBS to anyone wanting to pursue a comprehensive, challenging and rewarding education at the forefront of brain and behavioral science!

Tejaswini Seelam, 2020 graduate, Neuroscience