Elsa Lindgren


Senior Elsa Lindgren from Francestown, New Hampshire is a neuroscience major with a passion for medicine and health care.  Among the first students to take up the neuroscience major, she came to the University of New Hampshire for it and the University Honors Program.  Although she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, she chose neuroscience over biology because of her interest in the interdisciplinary and psychological elements of medical care. The summer after her freshman year, Elsa was awarded a Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant by the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and worked with one of her professors to research whether or not lobsters could hear.  She was drawn to the project for the neurological questions involved, and she has also done research on executive functioning modeled in rats.  Elsa has worked at a health center and is deeply invested in working with patients.  In her honors thesis she will research rates of dementia and connections to other health factors. Elsa enjoys endurance sports: she is a leader for the Nordic Ski Club, loves to run and bike, and has summited all forty-eight 4,000-foot mountains in the White Mountains. After graduation this May, Elsa plans to attend medical school, focusing on primary care, and is considering joining the Health Service Corps after finishing medical school.