Sneha Gupta

Name: Kamryn Bush

Major: Genetics

Minor: Psychology

Certificate:  Genetic Counseling 

Graduation Year: 2024

How did you decide on your major?

During the first two years of my undergraduate education, I attended Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). I knew I wanted to apply to genetic counseling master’s programs in the future, so I chose to pursue an Associate of Science degree in Science and Mathematics – Pre-Medicine and Pre-Pharmacy because it included all the general science courses required by programs. My favorite course that I took during my time at RVCC was genetics with Dr. Melanie Lenahan, and this is where I became even more fascinated with the field of genetics! I ultimately chose to transfer to Rutgers for the genetics major and for the opportunity to apply to the genetic counseling certificate program.

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

The Genetics Department at Rutgers is incredibly focused on providing students with a wide range of experiences in the field whether it be conducting research in a lab, completing a genetic counseling clinical rotation, diving into computational genetics, or taking a course that teaches students how to communicate in the scientific community. The department is composed of personable and passionate faculty who all push students to be their best. I greatly appreciate the guidance and support from Dr. Gary Heiman and my amazing experiences from the genetic counseling certificate program.

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

My favorite courses include the Genetic Counseling Clinical Rotation Course, Implications of the New Genetics with Dr. Schindler, and Gene Regulation in Cancer and Development with Dr. Barber and Dr. Edery. I experienced many days in the life of a genetic counselor during my clinical rotation at The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), and these experiences solidified that genetic counseling is the career for me! I absolutely love how the implications course was centered around thought-provoking scenarios/questions, class wide discussions, and the ethical principles that challenged my original perspectives of several topics in the field of genetics. As for the gene regulation course, the in-depth discussions of the molecular clocks and genes involved in cancer development sparked my interest in cancer genetics. This course led to my involvement in ovarian cancer research and precision medicine at The Rutgers CINJ under the supervision of Brianna Jeffreys, MMSc, CGC.KamrynBush fun

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

I am part of the Being First Collaborative where I work with other first-generation undergraduate college students and members of the SAS teaching and learning team to produce an instructor-facing resource on how to best support first-generation college students in the classroom. Aside from developing the resource, we raise awareness for first-generation college students and diversity represented in the classroom. I am also the social chair in the Genetic Counseling Interest Club, a member of the Rutgers Association of Undergraduate Geneticists (AUG), and a student from the Rutgers Summer Service Internship (RSSI) Initiative cohort of summer 2023. For my internship, I was placed at Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center in Newark, New Jersey, and I loved helping the children and families of Essex County. My involvement in each of these clubs and programs has brought ease to my transfer experience from community college and has made my time here at Rutgers incredibly memorable!

What are your plans following graduation?

Will be pursuing my Masters in Genetics at Wake Forest University, Class of 2026!

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