Hope Zamora poses for headshot

Undergraduate Student Experience Spotlight: Hope Zamora

Tell us a bit about yourself
I am Hope Zamora, a major in behavioral neuroscience on the pre-med track. I am also in the honors program. I will be graduating in May of 2023.

What has been your favorite class you’ve taken while at Northeastern?
It’s hard to pick a single favorite class at Northeastern. It would have to be a tie between Seminar in Clinical Psychology with Professor Aaron Daniels and Clinical Neuroscience with Professor Lesley Ricci. Clinical psych was interesting because it provided an understanding of the theory behind psychological patient care and therapy, while clinical neuro delved more into the biological basis of psychological disorders.

How has your Northeastern experience enhanced your future career aspirations?
Through co-op, Northeastern has provided me with the opportunity to explore multiple career paths and determine what I do and do not find joy doing. I’ve learned that clinical work is what drives me, and that, while interesting, I cannot see myself pursuing basic science research as a long-term career option.

What organizations are you apart of on campus and how would you say they have helped you expand your professional goals?
I am the President of Northeastern’s chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. Being a part of Nu Rho Psi has provided me with a variety of networking opportunities, as well as the chance to organize and learn from various panels of graduate and medical students, researchers, and professionals.

Tell us about being named as one of the Huntington 100’s  
Being inducted into the Huntington 100 was a huge honor that I have many individuals to thank for, specifically Dr. Jennifer Ingemi and Linda Ayrapetov for being such incredible mentors and members of Northeastern’s faculty and administration.

Are there any research projects you have worked on that you would like to spotlight? 
The most expansive research project I have contributed to during my time at Northeastern took shape as my Senior Honors Thesis, which I completed with my previous co-op employer at the Broad Institute. Our work examined how a crucial transcription factor influences the development of interneurons in the cerebral cortex of mice. It was a life changing experience to work on this project and learn so much, from experimental design to data analysis and finally to scientific writing.

What are your plans for the summer/fall?
Following graduation, I am hoping to work as a medical assistant in one of the many hospitals or private practices in Boston. My specialties of interest include neurology, endocrinology, OBGYN, and pediatrics. I am currently searching for full time jobs to start in June! I will also be spending time studying for the MCAT and volunteering in my community.

What is one piece of advice you would give to new students?
I always say this to younger pre-health students that I know, but I think it can apply to everyone. Don’t pursue an experience solely because it checks a box. The best opportunities will be the ones that drive you, that you derive joy from, and that will teach you the most. You shouldn’t pursue something you know you won’t enjoy simply because it would be a “good” or “valuable” experience. Seek meaning and fulfillment in your work and activities, and the desired outcomes will follow.

Behavioral Neuroscience