Humans of Neuroscience

Interviews with those that are a part of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program, or play a major role in supporting it.

Interview with Amber Lapointe

Amber is the Student Program Administrator for the NMHI and works closely with the NSA.
  • How did you get your position at the NMHI and what is your connection with the NSA?

“My main goal when applying to the NMHI was to assist students and their programs. I was new to the neuro world and was interested in what students were studying. As I started reading proposals and hearing about the research being done by students, I started doing my own research on topics I found interesting and attending seminars! I have a business background that helps the NSA to build their initiatives with the extended community. It also helps me with the role of connecting the NMHI to the Faculty of Science, which is crucial in multidisciplinary, multi-faculty programs. Talking to students, offering support and most of all watching them succeed is why I love my role.”

  • What do you love most about neuroscience? What really got you hooked?

“The thing that really got me hooked was seeing a diagram of a human skeleton with all the nerves visible! The study of the brain and nervous system is amazing! There is so much that is still unknown and here at the University there is a lot of forward-thinking science working towards discovery. I must admit I have a love for watching videos of brain mapping and seeing how everything is so connected.”

  • What are your other passions? 

“My biggest passion is cooking and trying new recipes, you know, trying to keep the microbiome happy. I also have children at different stages of growth, so watching them develop and helping them go through milestones is incredibly rewarding.”

  • What is one experience that really impacted you when you were growing up?

“I had a close friend in junior high diagnosed with cancer and during her treatments, her mom died of a brain aneurysm. With such a life altering tragedy, I watched my friend as she stuck to her routine of going to school and continued to carry on and I admired her strength immensely. This really shed light onto the fact that you really have no idea what someone else is going through, so to approach situations with more understanding and kindness. You never know the struggles your friends or peers may be enduring.”

  • What is one piece of school related advice that you would want to offer to students?

“Stay curious and find what makes you passionate. You will find success and happiness when you are doing something that you love. Accept that you may face rejection, but with determination, a circle of support/mentors and a bit of a sense of humor, your resilience will be rewarded.”   

  • What is one piece of non-school related advice that you would want to offer to students?

“You are not alone. The University community has a wide variety of outreach groups and programs, starting with your NSA peers.  It is important to reach out for help you with your struggles and build connections with others. It is also equally important to take the time to a celebrate your successes and milestones. I will celebrate with you – my office door (virtual for the time being) is always open.”