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Several endeavors connect Thiel neuroscience majors with area scholastic students


Several endeavors connect Thiel neuroscience majors with area scholastic students

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College neuroscience majors Nathaniel Hill ’20, Joelle Reitz ’19 and Evan Youker ’18 and Professor of Neuroscience and Department Chair Greg Butcher, Ph.D., took a break during finals week to provide students from Greenville School District’s East Elementary an in-depth look at the brain.

The group guided sixth-graders through a sheep brain dissection. Sixth-grade science teacher Maile Woods said that this was the first time she’s provided this experience to her students and that it was a big hit.

“The students loved the experience and were talking all about it,” she said.

For many of the sixth graders, the lesson in neuroanatomy built on material introduced to them by other Thiel students during fourth and fifth grade as part of a citizenship project available through the Department of Neuroscience. This event caps off a busy fall for neuroscience students who have now worked with over 200 students and parents in the Greenville area.  Hill and his brother, Isaiah ’20, visited a special education class at Greenville High School in November. Starting in October, neuroscience students worked with the third grade at Hempfield Elementary on a brain art project. The sculptures created by the third graders were recently on display in the College’s Weyers-Sampson Art Gallery.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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