Hunter Gits EC ’09, WCAS 2012

“The Integrated Science Program (ISP) was a driving factor for my choice to attend Northwestern.” says Hunter. After his fascination with an organic chemistry course in the fall quarter of his first year, Hunter decided to pursue the subject more in depth. In my second year, he began research in Prof. Silverman’s laboratory where he performed medicinal chemistry research, working to develop selective inhibitors of neuronal nitric oxide synthase as potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. In the summer before his third year, Hunter continued his research in Prof. Silverman’s laboratory and decided to pursue medicine as a career. In spring 2013, Hunter was accepted into Neurasmus, a European Master’s of Science program in neurosciences. He received a considerable scholarship to study and perform research at two prestigious international universities. “I largely attribute my acceptance to my advanced science background and my research experience, both of which were made possible by ISP.” states Hunter.

After graduation from Northwestern in three years with a double major in ISP and Chemistry, Hunter went to Berlin to begin the Neurasmus program. Currently, he is studying at Charité – Universitätsmedizin, where he take classes in medical neuroscience and perform laboratory rotations. Next year he will study and complete his Master’s thesis at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Hunter says, “Thanks to my ISP education and learned skills, I am better able to address subjects at the interface of sciences and medicine.”