Alyssa is one of our Electrical Engineering freshman that our office had the opportunity to meet this summer during an event we had with the IEFX (Illinois Engineering First Year Experience) Summer Scholars, a program that give incoming freshman the opportunity to come to campus the summer before their freshman year to take classes and get acclimated. During her time in this program she and the other student would attend fun activities to teach them how to be a successful college student. Her favorite activity was learning about stress management by making Orbeez Stress Balls because the silliness of the using goo helped her to really bond with the other girls in her dorm and her amazing Resident Advisors. She began working in one of our research labs on campus focusing in Neurophotonics at the Biophotonics Imaging. She says, “My family’s history with Alzheimer’s has ignited my passion for contributing to the advancement of research in neurodegenerative diseases. Knowing how progress in neurophotonics will enable us to better identify and analyze such diseases in our brains, I leapt at the chance to get involved in the Biophotonics Imaging Lab at Beckman Institute.” Needless to say it was an eventful summer for Alyssa, and she is excited to continue to work in the lab, and meet other amazing student this fall.