Courtney Koch

Class of 2018-2019

University of Notre Dame, 2018
Neuroscience and Behavior

Why I chose ESTEEM:

Inspired by my engineer/serial-entrepreneur father, I grew up with an appreciation of entrepreneurship, a love of science, and a passion to change the world, so ESTEEM was a perfect fit for my goals. This blending of my passions pushed me to apply, but the collaborative nature of the program and the motto “fix things that matter” urged me to join the Class of 2019. (Getting to stay at Notre Dame for a 5th year was an added bonus!)

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

I will be working with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to investigate the future of bioelectronic medicine: a field created by the Feinstein Institute that blends neuroscience, bioengineering, and molecular biology to innovate chronic disease treatment. I am thrilled to work with a company that pioneers innovation in medicine across many disciplines and am excited by the chance to meet innovators in the healthcare field and learn more about the biotechnology research and development process.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

After graduating, I hope to change the world as a part of research and development teams in the biotechnology field.

What I like to do when I'm not working:

You can find me playing intramural sports, baking, and hiking (when the weather is nice). I also work in the IDEA Center as a Project Manager on the Problem Validation Team.

And finally:

My other random passions: goat cheese, farming, donuts, and dogs.