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Prashant Rajan

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Prashant Rajan

Class of 2013

Majors: Biochemistry, Zoology

Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

Conducting research as an undergraduate

I'm heavily involved in research and study HIV. It's really cool how we can look at something at the microscopic level and then draw a big picture perspective from it, in terms of targeting how this type of drug or that type of drug might help impact the replication of the virus.

My research at Miami helped propel me into an internship at the Cleveland Clinic the summer between my freshman and sophomore years. I've now worked in a department of pediatric neurology lab for the past two summers. I conduct research with the tick disorder called Tourette's Syndrome. I talk with children who have the condition and their parents and find out whether they have any problems with headaches or sleeping. Specifically what we're trying to find out is if people who have Tourette's Syndrome have an increased chance of having headaches or sleep problems because of the underlying condition.

Faculty connections

Dr. Tolbert is like my second father in a sense. He understands where I'm coming from, what kind of goals I have, and where I want to go with my life. He also understands that there are other aspects to my life and that I have to balance academics, extra-curriculars, and research. He's very flexible in letting me come and go in the research lab as I wish, but he's also very supportive if I ever need anything from him or had any specific questions.

For letters of recommendation and for resources to gain access to internships, he is the person I go to. I'll even go talk to him about sports, what's going on in my life at this point, and we go to lunch sometimes. He's awesome, he's the one mentor I've had and the greatest role model I've had at Miami so far.

Outside of the classroom

I'm the president of the Honors & Scholars Advisory Board, which is the governing body of the Honors Program. We do fun events, like a Make A Difference Day and Geek Week, and try to keep honors students engaged in the community and also provide advising sessions. I'm also heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity. I go on service trips with them from time to time. I'm also in a few medical organizations, including Miami Med.

It just takes good time management to balance everything. I keep a calendar with every single thing I have to do because I would not trust myself to remember everything. I write down every event I have to be at, every meeting, homework in my classes - If I don't have my planner, I'm lost.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

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    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
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    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

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    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
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  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

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    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
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  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

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    Middletown, OH 45042
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  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

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    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
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  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

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    Oxford, OH 45056

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