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  • Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant.

       Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant. She'll her continue her studies through a doctorate program at Emory University in Atlanta.

       Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant. She'll her continue her studies through a doctorate program at Emory University in Atlanta.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant.

       Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Rachel Cliburn's Dutch mode of transportation in Maastricht, Netherlands, is this secondhand bike she painted yellow. She's also joined a rowing club as part of her effort to immerse herself in Dutch culture.

      Rachel Cliburn's Dutch mode of transportation in Maastricht, Netherlands, is this secondhand bike she painted yellow. She's also joined a rowing club as part of her effort to immerse herself in Dutch culture.
    courtesy of the Cliburn family

  • Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove, seen in visiting Amsterdam, is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant..

      Rachel Cliburn of Long Grove, seen in visiting Amsterdam, is spending the year getting her master's degree in neuroscience in the Netherlands after winning a prestigious Fulbright grant..
    courtesy of the Cliburn family

  • Rachel Cliburn pictured in May 2012 hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

      Rachel Cliburn pictured in May 2012 hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
    courtesy of the Cliburn family

  • When she's not studying or doing research in a lab, Rachel Cliburn plays the ukulele.

      When she's not studying or doing research in a lab, Rachel Cliburn plays the ukulele.
    courtesy of the Cliburn family

  • Video: Rachel plays neuroscience song

  • Video: Rachel performs puddle song

 

Rachel cliburn remembers combing through a scientific journal during her sophomore year at baylor university, the authors page piquing her interest. "i thought, 'it's someone's job to actually do this, just to find stuff out?'" rachel said. "'that could be me!'" the long grove native has since embraced life as a researcher, and last year she was named a fulbright student. the 22-year-old now lives abroad in the netherlands working toward a master's degree in neuroscience.

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