Kelly Moench

Class Year

’14

Hometown

Janesville, Wis.

Major(s)

Psychology, Neuroscience

Minor(s)

Religion

Kelly is studying neuroscience and psychology because she is fascinated by the brain and neural mechanisms that underlie human thoughts and behavior. 

While she was initially drawn to Carthage by the beautiful campus, the opportunities within the Neuroscience Program made her decision. “Carthage has a rat lab for neuroscience majors to do research in,” Kelly said. This is a unique experience that not many undergrads have access to.

Kelly got to hone in more on her research skills when she was selected for theSummer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) this past summer. “I worked with Dr. Miller in the rat lab studying anxiety, vulnerability and avoidance learning a particular strain of rats that exhibit behavioral inhibition.” 

When Kelly graduates, she would like to continue researching in the medical field.

“The Carthage Neuroscience Program is preparing me by providing me with valuable research experience as an undergrad.”  

“The biggest surprise for me about Carthage has been the close relationships with professors and the opportunities that arise from them.”

Kelly Moench, ’14

Career goal

“To continue on with research in the medical field.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I have two favorite professors: Prof. Sandra Bisciglia andProf. Dan Miller.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class so far was Research Methods in Neuroscience.”

Campus involvement

InterVarsity Christian FellowshipNeuroscience Club, treasurer of Psychology Club, the service sorority Pi Delta Chi, and Psi Chi.

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Cell and Molecular Biology.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite times at Carthage was when we had a snow day my freshman year.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Anywhere I can see the lake.”

Biggest surprise so far

 “The biggest surprise for me about Carthage has been the close relationships with professors and the opportunities that arise from them.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Be prepared to work hard and think a lot.”