Bexley High School graduate Joe Luchsinger set himself apart as a student by not only attending classes while at Baldwin-Wallace College but also by creating one.

Bexley High School graduate Joe Luchsinger set himself apart as a student by not only attending classes while at Baldwin-Wallace College but also by creating one.

Part of a grant-funded independent study program called Summer Scholars, his experience was one of many hands-on learning opportunities at Baldwin-Wallace.

Leading research projects at the undergraduate level, Luchsinger consistently pursues endeavors - both academic and personal - while completing majors in neuroscience and physics.

During summer 2011, Luchsinger and Dr. Edwin Meyer, assistant professor of physics at B-W, worked to create an applied-calculus course that has been integrated with B-W's curriculum. The project was part of Summer Scholars, a living-learning program focused on research, scholarship and creative endeavors. He said he hopes to spend time in the summer writing a textbook for the course.

An internship at B-W's neuroscience lab advanced Luchsinger's efforts to co-author presentations and papers for scholarly organizations like the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine and Brain Research.

Luchsinger's work has led him to present at the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. He also presented at three Society for Neuroscience conferences, the largest neuroscience conference in the world.

In summer 2011, Luchsinger co-instructed a problem-solving camp for gifted teens. He currently tutors refugee children whose families had fled Liberia during the Liberian Civil War.

In the fall, Luchsinger hopes to mountaineer, backpack and sea-kayak the rough environment of Patagonia, an extremely rugged mountain region in South America. He said he wants to practice survival skills and learn about the environment and the impact that humans have on the region. This study abroad is expected to build on his previous trips to Europe and Alaska.

Luchsinger, son of Frank and Beth Luchsinger, is a senior at B-W, majoring in neuroscience, psychology and physics. He graduated from Bexley High School in 2008.