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Kalamazoo College

Suma Alzouhayli


Troy, Michigan
Biological Physics and Neuroscience
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Genuine and Honest

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Great professors, great opportunities, and great exposure to different professions for students passionate about Biology.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Before K, I wanted to learn about human and medical biology. But with the classes required for this major, I took classes in other fields of biology, which challenged me to think about how everything biology is related. This department allows me to make interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections which adds to my education at K. 

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take advantage of all the little things. Go to SI, office hours. Say hello to the professors and TA’s even if they seem intimidating. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. These things might seem small at first, but they make the biggest difference and you’ll appreciate it later.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Being a science major has helped me get involved in Sisters in Science, a student organization focused on mentoring young girls to pursue the sciences. Also, I’m a people person, so taking science courses in different departments has allowed me to meet a lot of different and interesting people at K.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Inform yourself about what is going on – in the world, on campus, in your department, in your classes, etc.– because that’s when you realize you have more opportunities, more choices, and more control in what you do.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Form and Function. This class teaches the underlying composition of biology and how living things function. After I took this class, I gained an understanding and appreciation for biological underpinnings of life and how to ask questions.

What is your SIP?
A pharmacological study on the effect of serotonin (5-HT2B) antagonists on glutamate excitotoxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans. The broader scope is to understand aspects of acute neurodegenerative diseases.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to attend medical school and become a doctor.

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