by Emily Vontom, Published January 01, 2013
Eastern Michigan University students participate in all areas of research, and freshman Ryan Goodcase, 19, made his decision to attend the University because that's what he wants to do for the rest of his life.
"I would like to be a research neuroscientist, someone who studies the brain," said Goodcase, a Presidential Scholar from Novi, Mich. "I am extremely interested in doing research and Eastern made it clear that undergraduate research was important to them as well."
The Presidential Scholarship is an elite four-year award that pays 30 credit hours of in-state tuition, room and board and mandatory fees.
Goodcase, a double major in psychology and biochemistry, has a goal - to discover the hidden aspects of what makes the brain function.
"It would involve investigating what parts of the brain are responsible for what functions," Goodcase said. "This type of research would help with the development of drugs or other treatments that would help combat neurological disorders. This goes hand-in-hand with the type of research I would be interested in doing on campus."
During his freshman year, Goodcase has attended meetings of the philosophy, biology and chemistry clubs, as well as the group Students for an Ethical Participatory Education.
"It is great being in a community with so many people with unique interests and backgrounds," he said. "I'm really excited to begin some undergraduate research."
Presidential Scholars are selected during Eastern's annual Presidential Scholarship Competition in December. Awards are based on a competitive exam. To compete, high school seniors must have either a 3.7 GPA, with a minimum of a 25 ACT or 1,150 SAT score.