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Major: Biology and Music

Activities: Violin performance

What's next: Pursue MD and PhD dual degrees in neurophysiology with the goal of becoming a physician-researcher who studies the processing of music in the brain

Jesse Herche

Jesse Herche Outstanding Student profile
"I look forward to a research internship when I can build on the skills I've developed as an undergraduate researcher with Professor Marcos Gridi-Papp here at Pacific, studying electrophysiology techniques in neuroscience. He's one of many Pacific professors who have been generous with their time, expertise and encouragement."

Jesse Herche, of Lodi, will focus on research this summer using an Amgen Scholarship at MIT. Funded by the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholarships enable students from around the country to conduct biology and biochemistry research at some of the country's top research institutions by covering travel, housing and food expenses, and offering work stipends. At Pacific, Herche is pursuing minors in French and Chemistry in addition to his double majors in Music and Biology.

"I look forward to a research internship when I can build on the skills I've developed as an undergraduate researcher with Professor (Marcos) Gridi-Papp here at Pacific, studying electrophysiology techniques in neuroscience," Herche said. "He's one of many Pacific professors who have been generous with their time, expertise and encouragement." After graduation, Herche plans to pursue an M.D.-Ph.D. dual degree in neurophysiology with a goal of becoming a physician-researcher who studies the processing of music in the brain.

Weiner said that national scholarships put students on a path that goes beyond simply getting their degrees. "The process of applying for these awards is so valuable in helping students clarify their goals," she said. "Plus we've seen with past Pacific applicants that landing one of these prestigious undergraduate fellowships-or receiving an honorable mention, or even going through with the challenging application process-often helps students gain admission to the graduate program of their choice."