Community Involvement and Exceptional Science Makes LVC the Right Choice for One Neuroscience Grad
When Gina Ebersole ’20 began her college search, she looked for a school with an exceptional science program and a focus on community involvement. It was in this search that she first came across LVC.
“I knew that LVC was the perfect school for me when I first visited the campus and saw how inclusive and welcoming the students and staff were. The campus felt like home, and I knew I would be receiving the very best education,” said Ebersole.
After enrolling as a neuroscience major at The Valley, Ebersole experienced the exact campus involvement and deep educational exploration that she was seeking in her college education.
“Some of my favorite experiences at LVC were getting involved in community service, clubs and organizations, and going to sporting events. There was always something going on the weekends, so it was a blast to grab some friends and participate in everything LVC had to offer,” she said.
As part of her community service experience, Ebersole traveled with an LVC group of students and staff to Misminay, Peru, in May 2019. She and the other students taught English to children and built and planted a greenhouse to establish a sustainable food source for the community. While staying in Misminay, a remote village at 12,500 feet in the Andes Mountains, the group learned Quechua (the native language), ate guinea pig, and rode donkeys.
“Traveling to Peru was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever had. Getting to immerse myself in a completely different culture fully allowed me to witness a deeper sense of community,” said Ebersole, who earned a Gold Community Service Award as one of the College’s top service students.
Back on campus, Ebersole not only completed her degree in neuroscience, but she also participated in two collaborative research teams with faculty.
“Participating in the research process from start to finish was such a rewarding experience that taught me how important communication is when working with a group. Productively discussing different ideas and opinions is critical, not just with research but in casual conversation as well,” she said.
Ebersole also appreciated the professors’ advice in this major, especially her academic advisor Dr. Deanna Dodson, professor of psychology, and Dr. Ashley McFalls, assistant professor of neuroscience, who helped her find her current full-time job.
Ebersole is working as a neurofeedback technician and program director at Ann L. Johnson LLC, a functional medicine practice. She is part of a team of medical professionals who creates treatment plans centered around the idea of neural plasticity.
“I use my neuroscience background to train someone’s brain using operant conditioning techniques essentially. Using EEG technology, I can see someone’s brainwaves in real-time and provide feedback that can change the neural circuits over time,” said Ebersole.
Through this job, Ebersole is not only applying what she has learned, but she is also gaining experience and taking steps toward her future. As a career goal, Ebersole would like to obtain her Ph.D. in neuroscience and ultimately teach others about the value of neurofeedback and other biofeedback therapies.
-- Darby Seymour, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant