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Brandon Deatherage, Health sciences major

Brandon Deatherage

Brandon Deatherage is a health sciences major with a minor in business data analytics. He first became interested in medicine after a motorcycle accident when he was 16 years old. Learning how to intertwine compassion with scientific inquiry further motivated him to apply to medical school.

While at Arizona State University, Deatherage researched aging and autism in a clinical setting and volunteered in end-of-life hospice care.

His advice to current pre-health students? "Protect your dream. No matter how far behind you may think you are, never give up."

Deatherage will start medical school in Fall 2019.

Heather Koch, Psychology major

Heather Koch

Heather Koch is a psychology major and senior with a 4.00 GPA. She has participated in two research projects. The first was research into nicotine and cocaine addiction based on neurological receptors and social factors. The second was brain patterns of children diagnosed with ADHD (clinical).

During her time at Arizona State University, Koch co-chaired Camp Kesem, whose mission is to support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community. She also was an employee at a private neurology clinic and volunteered at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.

Koch was a formal executive board member of the National Health Preprofessional Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta, a Barrett mentor, a ASU Health Devil and LIA 194 facilitator.