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Splash Biography

KANNON PEARSON, Junior Transfer Studying Molecular & Cell Biology

Major: Molecular Environmental Biology

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:


I was home schooled through high school before graduating and starting at Foothill community college at age fourteen. I transferred out with two Associates: one in Biology and the other in Chemistry. Long term, I hope to obtain a PhD and do research in academia. Some of my research interests are epigenetics, cancer biology and cephalopods! When I am not studying, you might find me reading, cooking, playing piano, drumming, tutoring, riding the BART, or walking about campus with my brother, Aidan (who is a senior at Berkeley).

I was inspired to study biology on a molecular level after taking a Stanford Splash class from a graduate student studying epigenetics. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pay it forward and teach my own Splash classes at Berkeley!

Past Classes

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X718: Transferring From a Community College in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
Did you know that transfer students have a higher admissions rate to UC Berkeley than freshmen? Or that transferring can enable you to finish half of your bachelors for a fraction of the cost? Or that you can take your challenging lower division prerequisites in classes of 50 students instead of 500? In this class we will discuss an alternative, nontraditional educational route: completing the first two years of your bachelors at a community college before transferring to a four-year university. We will discuss the social, financial, and educational benefits and drawbacks of this approach based on our own experiences as brothers who both transferred to UC Berkeley. Please come with any and all questions you may have about community college, Berkeley, admissions applications, undergraduate research, and more!

S719: Atomism: An Experimental and Philosophical History in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 02, 2019)
Nowadays, almost everyone knows about atoms. Those invisible, (kind of) indivisible little particles that make up the known universe. In this course we will trace the history of atomic theory, from its origins thousands of years ago in Greek and Indian philosophy to the powerful and elegant experiments that refined our atomic knowledge. You will learn fascinating history tidbits and will get to try your hand at interpreting the results of experiments that changed our very understanding of reality!