Student Profiles

Ryan Leone, LSM '19

Farmingville, NY
College Major: 
Biological Basis of Behavior
Wharton Concentrations: 
Health Care Management

What are your 3 favorite aspects of the LSM program?

1.) The people! They are all incredibly unique, but their innate passion and ambition is what ties them all together.


2.) The classes! The pro-seminar and the capstone seminar provide us with rare opportunities to see how business and the life sciences are integrated in different capacities. They help us to think critically about this intersection while enjoying the topics we cover.


3.) The network! All the program alumni I’ve talked with have been willing to help me out by offering advice or connecting me with resources related to my career interests.

What Makes the LSM Community Unique:

The LSM community offers members the chance to talk in a stress-free manner about stressful topics like classwork, OCR, applications, and extracurricular activities with other people who can relate to their experiences. Even though the LSM students are all striving to succeed, it never feels as if we are competing with one another and we all fully support each other.

What is Your Favorite Experience at Penn so far?

My favorite experience has probably been traveling to other states and countries through Penn programs! I’ve gone to Ecuador with the Medlife organization to help physicians in rural areas, San Francisco for a Wharton class on the tech sector, Spain for a Wharton class on international business, and Greece for the World Hellenic Biomedical Association’s Summer School through a connection made by LSM.

Extracurricular Activities:

I’m the President of the Kite and Key Society, Penn’s oldest service organization that runs the university’s official campus tours. I’m also thePresident and Founder of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative’s student group, a running back on the Varsity Sprint Football team, a volunteer at the VA Medical Center, a writer and editor for Synapse, a research assistant for a Traumatic Brain Injury lab, and a member of the AIR and SigEp fraternities.