Clio and Mirabelle Korn

Clio and Mirabelle Korn

Clio Korn ’10
Oxford, England

Major: Neuroscience
Graduate studies: PhD, neuroscience

Mirabelle Korn ’12
East Anglia, England

Major: Foreign languages
Graduate studies: 20th and 21st century literature

One peers at molecules under a microscope, the other explores the vast expanse of literature.  One orders test tubes and safety-checks wire connections, the other analyses Nabokov’s Lolita.

Both graduated with honors from Scripps. Both are now in graduate programs in England—one at Oxford University, the other at the University of East Anglia. They took advantage of the broad liberal arts education at Scripps and the benefits of its discussion-based teaching to pursue multiple academic interests—and then chose distinctive intellectual paths.

They are sisters, Clio Korn ’10 and Mirabelle Korn ’12, from Oakland, California.

Clio completed a master’s course in neuroscience at Oxford last year and is continuing at Oxford to earn a PhD. She is focusing on the neurotransmitter dopamine, which she first became interested in during her senior thesis work, and its role in motivation, decision making, and reward-guided behavior.

“I want to teach,” said Clio. “I’m also interested in working at the interface between science and society, either in science journalism or possibly in science policy.”

At East Anglia, Mirabelle is focusing on literature of the 20th and 21st century. She said Scripps’ focus on classroom discussion and individual and group participation prepared her well for graduate school. “I arrived here very ready to be a proactive student,” she said. Mirabelle plans a career in publishing or arts administration.


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