Class of 2021 Incoming Student Spotlight: Morgan Thomas, IBMS Program, Neuroscience
My name is Morgan Thomas. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I went to undergrad at Oberlin College in Ohio where I majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Africana Studies. After completion of my bachelor’s degree, I accepted a position as a Research Technician in a Neurotoxicology and Neurodegeneration lab, where I worked for two years. My hobbies include cooking, knitting, being a couch potato, and traveling.
My hometown is Chicago, Illinois. I chose UT Health San Antonio because of its dedicated support to its students and how welcomed I felt during the interview process. When looking for a graduate school to pursue my goal of obtaining a Ph.D., I wanted a school where I could see myself be successful, supported, and challenged. It was very refreshing to learn about all the opportunities UT Health students have. I was able to talk to many alumni to see what they did with their degrees; as well as think about my future career goals. I wanted to join a community of scholars that were dedicated to science and I believe that is what UT Health offers.
I applied to UT Health San Antonio IBMS program because of the ability to explore different disciplines in science and how UT Health allows their students to create their own path. I was also drawn to the translational side of research where you could see the benchwork being used in actual patients. All of the opportunity to explore the different cutting-edge techniques used in the labs at UT Health is just another reason I chose the IBMS program. I appreciate every opportunity to learn and grow in my scientific journey. I believe UT Health San Antonio will support and enhance my knowledge in the field of neuroscience.
In the future, I see myself having my own lab, mentoring students; and getting people excited about science and research. I would love to have a scholarship/mentorship program that matches young kids to a mentor in the field of science and showcase all the possibilities science allows you to have.