Former Baton Rouge resident Grant Belgard recently returned to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches for Connections Weekend.
Belgard, a 2004 graduate of LSMSA, was among 15 alumni to discuss his experiences at the school and to provide insight on what students need to know to prepare for their future, a news release said.
“Don’t be afraid to fail,” Belgard told LSMSA students. “I would have missed out on key opportunities had I shied away from things I thought I could not do. When too much time has passed without failing or being rejected, that is a sign that I have not been taking enough risks.”
Belgard lives in Dayton, Ohio. He earned a bachelor of science in physics, chemistry and chemical physics from Rice University, a bachelor of arts in biochemistry and cell biology from Rice University and a Ph.D. in physiology, anatomy and genetics from the University of Oxford and National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
He is a research scientist at the University of Oxford, working primarily on the European Union’s billion-euro Human Brain Project, whose long-term aim is to simulate a human brain from the ground up, the release said. He also is involved in projects relating to autism, brain evolution, networks of brain activity and heart attacks.