Western Washington University Alumni Association

Hannah Manning

Major - Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown - Camas, WA

“I’ve always felt most fulfilled when dedicating my efforts to people in need. I want to use my potential to do something that benefits others.”

My name is Hannah and I'm a Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) major with a minor in Chemistry. I am also an honors student and peer mentor following the pre-medicine track. In addition to my studies, I am a tutor at Western's Writing Center and an undergraduate research assistant in the lab of the BNS program director, Dr. Janet Finlay. I work under her supervision to conduct biomedical research on the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. I have volunteered with a number of programs including the Puget Sound Blood Center, YMCA Girls on the Run, and YWCA SafeChoice Children's Advocacy Program. In the past, I have served as an officer for the WWU Mock Trial team and this year I have the opportunity to serve as the president of last year's academic club of the year: the WWU Neuroscience Research Driven Students (NeRDS). I have been awarded this scholarship due to my heavy involvement in and dedication to community leadership.

This scholarship has saved me from having to pick up another job in retail this year to be able to pay the rent. Tutoring, researching, and working at Petco while taking a full credit load and trying to be an active contributor to extracurriculars is not something I am particularly interested in doing again. It's no wonder that this scholarship has alleviated so much stress for both me and my family. I will be able to use the extra time this scholarship has offered me to be a better student, researcher, leader, and friend in the coming school year.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with a big group of guys. A number of my friends from home came up to Bellingham when I did. Since then, our group has sort of snowballed. Their friendship means the world to me and I spend as much time with them as possible, which still isn't as much as it should be. I also enjoy reading, swimming, hiking, cooking, and sleeping when I get the chance.

I'd like to give a shout out to my mom. Moms are thanked a lot, but not nearly enough, if you ask me. I've got a real solid one. So thanks, Mom. Thanks for leading by example and encouraging me to do the right thing no matter what. Well, most of the time at least.




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