Sneha GuptaMajor: Genetics

2nd Major: Psychology

Graduation Year: 2019


How did you decide on your major?

I decided that I wanted to major in Genetics in 8th grade. I grew up in India, and when my teacher taught us Mendelian genetics for the first time, I was immediately interested. My eagerness and passion to pursue genetics was the reason my parents decided to move to America in 12th grade.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

Ever since I learned about genetic counseling, I knew that that was the profession for me. It was the perfect combination of my two majors, and I instantly knew that was the career for me.

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

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My favorite class was Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics. It’s taught by Professor Schindler, and it opened a new door to the connection between science and the public. As an aspiring genetic counselor, I really enjoyed it.

My favorite professor is Dr. Tara Matise. An year ago, I struggled with scheduling and was afraid that I wouldn’t graduate in time. Dr. Matise reached out to me and really helped me. Right now, I am working on an Independent Study under her.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

My junior year, I participated in the Aresty Research program. They placed me in a lab for the year, and I learned a lot about how research actually took place and how the day to day life of a researcher was like. At the end of the year, we were required to make a poster about the project for the Aresty Symposium. There were over a hundred projects showcased and it felt like being at a real research conference.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am a second year Resident Assistant, a peer mentor for the College Support Program for students on the Autism Spectrum, and Undergraduate Advisor for the Women in STEAM Conference, a Scarlet Listener, a fieldworker at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I am joining the Teach for America Corps. I will be teaching middle school mathematics and science in North Carolina for two years. After the two years, I hope to pursue a masters in Genetic Counseling.

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