Dhaval Gandhi

Dhaaval Gandhi

Neuroscience and History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science

Canton, MI

Class of 2021



I am drawn to Neuroscience because this field approaches the human body in a unique way. Neuroscientists often look at the much bigger picture that includes intangible ideas like someone’s identity and their emotions. Many other scientists solely look at the body for its individual organs and biochemical processes. The Neuroscientists’ approach fascinates me to the point where I decided to spend the next few years to learn more about this field.

I also study History, Philosophy, & Sociology of Science (HPS) because this major will develop my skills as a writer, as a thinker, and as a Medical Ethicist. Medical Ethics is an area of healthcare that many physicians gloss over, leading the poor trust and communication that occurs between healthcare providers and patients. I believe that the HPS major is a creative, courageous way to attempt to heal that divide.

Equipped with these two degrees, I hope to become a practicing physician that is conscious of more than just my potential patient’s medical needs. Also, I want to eventually get around to being an author, but that is a goal to worry about decades from now.

My favorite part about being in Lyman Briggs is definitely how much I learn from my fellow Briggsies while getting to know them. Every single day, I am being mentally tested by everyone else’s rationale and perspective on a surfeit of random topics. From all of this unplanned (but welcomed) introspective thinking, I think I am a more inclusive, considerate, and thoughtful person. Better yet, all of this introspective thinking has made me into who I wanted to be.

I am a Resident Assistant on campus. This means that I help nearly fifty freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on my floor learn to navigate campus and the plethora of resources available to them as Michigan State Students. Being an RA is a humbling experience and has helped me form lasting personal connections to  my residents.

Recently, I became a Research Assistant in a lab where I help identify cardiovascular, genetic, and metabolic risk factors on brain structures that causes changes in the trajectories of brain health. Through this position, I will have the opportunity to present a poster at this year’s University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.

Also, I got a position to be an Executive Board member in one of Michigan State’s most prestigious organizations: Tower Guard. This means that I will be working closely with the Resource Center of Persons’ with Disability, making sure every Spartan is successful at MSU, regardless of any physical or mental disabilities.

Finally, my last major commitment is serving on the Executive Board of Briggs Ambassadors. Through this, I and four other amazing board members work tirelessly to ensure that all prospective and incoming students get the experience they were looking for when they visit Lyman Briggs and MSU.

My advice to incoming students is: get ready to push yourself harder than you ever have before. Briggs and University classes are designed to challenge you and be difficult. However, getting involved will help decompress your stress and anxieties. ‘Get involved’ can mean being a part of a club that interests you or a volunteer group that helps those in need. And if don’t have the time for these larger commitments, take a deep breath every morning and every night while telling yourself that everything will be okay, regardless of the outcome of that homework assignment, project, or exam.

Be proud of who you are and what you have done, but don’t let that stop you from doing more right now. Because if anyone will, a Spartan will. Go Green!