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Student Profiles

Logan_Ellis.jpgLogan Ellis '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Medical School

Internship Experience:
I did a 10 week Research Experience for Undergraduates at Old Dominion University in the Oceanography department. This was the most valuable experience of my college career as it tied together a lot of what I have learned over the past three years. As a biology major with a minor in chemistry, Oceanography suited me well as the field utilizes both of these disciplines. Having the ability to apply my knowledge in a research laboratory setting was very fulfilling. It was also helpful to learn what graduate school is like and makes all of the hard work that I have done worthwhile.    

Most Valuable College Experience:
Traveling to Bonaire my sophomore year was also a treasured experience here at Catawba. This trip allowed me to get to know my professors on a personal level. The chance to go SCUBA diving at pristine coral reefs was the highlight of the whole journey while a part of that class.   

Why Catawba?
I chose Catawba because I felt comfortable here compared to other larger colleges and universities. 


Adam_Kurdi.jpgAdam Kurdi '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Dental School

Most Valuable College Experience:
Making the friends that I have now, who I will probably stay in touch with for the rest of my life.

Why Catawba?
I initially chose Catawba for my undergraduate education simply because I wanted to play soccer at the collegiate level, and I was given an opportunity here to do so. After 1 semester of being here though, the biology professors that I had were so fun and enthusiastic, which drew me to the subject.


Trey_Mashore.jpgTimothy Mashore '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Graduate School

Internship Experience:
Over the summer I had the opportunity to be a pharmacist technician. This opportunity helped me decide that I didn't exactly want to be a pharmacist but work in pharmacy medication research.

Most Valuable College Experience:
Career Services created a number of opportunities for students to take advantage. They provided job fairs and graduate college fairs, but the website provided valuable information on careers. Just by typing in your degree, the website finds jobs for you. This was very helpful because the job market is very competitive.

Why Catawba?
I knew after the first year of college, after taking a general education course in science, that I wanted to become biology major. I really enjoyed all the fun experiments we did in lab. And the upper-level courses also had exciting, hand-on laboratories. 


Elizabeth_Overman.jpgElizabeth Overman '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
I plan to be a scientific Illustrator, merging my love for art and animal biology and physiology into one. I am going to join Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and pursue a  job or mentor.

Most Valuable College Experience:
Labs in general, They give you a hands on experience with work that you in general take control of with guidance, all the while a professional experienced individual is present. Also it further pushes the importance of responsibility.

Why Catawba?
It was local, and it where my grandmother attended. If my grandmother from Pennsylvania never moved here for this school, then she wouldn't have met my grandfather.


Abby_Pennington.jpgAbby Pennington '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
After graduation I plan on applying to internships at both SeaWorld Orlando and Disney World in their animal education departments. After gaining some experience I am going to apply for Optometry school.

Internship Experience:
Last summer I was an education camp counselor at SeaWorld Orlando. As a camp counselor I led groups of children throughout the park and taught them about marine animals, conservation, and SeaWorld's Sea Rescue program. I found this experience to be incredibly valuable as it helped me develop my professional skills. I was able to apply what I learned at Catawba into the field and inspire younger generations to admire and conserve different species.

Most Valuable College Experience:
The most valuable experience I had in college was my internship at SeaWorld. This internship gave me the opportunity to apply what I have learned and build my confidence for entering the work force. I was surrounded by veteran employees who were always willing to help me become the best that I could be. Over the summer I was able to learn so many valuable lessons that cannot be attained in the classroom.  

Why Catawba?
I was recruited to play volleyball and I always knew that I wanted to pursue a science degree. I liked that we had small classes, got a lot of attention from our professors, and hands on experience in labs.


Ashton_Pryor.jpgAshton Pryor '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Teach science at a high school

Internship Experience:
I did a summer internship in a postharvest laboratory at the Kannapolis Research Center. I got a lot of practice doing various assays and gained a better understanding of how the data we generated is used to make agricultural decisions. 

Most Valuable College Experience:
The faculty's passion for their diciplines shows through at Catawba. They have provided a lot of inspiration for the educator I plan to be.

Why Catawba?
I wanted to study biology and eventually teach. Realizing that Catawba has a renowned teacher education program for me to minor in, it made a great fit.


Eli_Wittum.jpgElijah Wittum '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Find a job ideally in land conservation and management if possible, looking into Forestry Technicians, Nonprofit and also considering active duty in either the Air Force or Coast Guard.

Internship Experience:
I have been interning for the last three years with the Land Trust for Central North Carolina performing a variety of tasks ranging from filing monitoring reports of easements to developing timber acquisition maps for potential future purchases utilizing ESRI ArcMaps.

Most Valuable College Experience:
Volunteering with Catawba Cares to spend a week working for Habitat for Humanity building houses for victims of the tornado outbreaks in Alabama, learning skills such as construction and installation of tin roofing. Attending environmental protests dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline and an additional protest against fracking. Developing a voice to oppose controversial practices that may impact the health of the environment.


Josh_York.jpgJoshua York '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
The end goal is to become Chief Medical Examiner of one of the 50 states. 

Internship Experience:
I did some research over the summer here at Catawba for Dr. Carmony Hartwig. I mostly identified mosquito samples that were collected in the preserve. I also did some molecular work. I did find this experience valuable, especially since she made me present at an annual mosquito meeting. That alone was worth a summer of mosquito identification.

Most Valuable College Experience:
Anytime I made a new friend was a valuable experience. Sure, that doesn't relate to college itself, but it's really great to make new friends outside of your major.

Why Catawba?
I chose Catawba because it was close to home. Turns out it was a good fit. The professors in the science department are very nice. The class sizes are small, which is really helpful for one on one interactions. You're not just another student to them, but a person who matters. Of course I didn't know that coming in, but now I do. They'll bend over backwards for you.


Chris_Bolick.jpgChris Bolick '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Herpetology

Internship Experience:
While at Catawba I have worked on a variety of research projects both within a class room environment and independently. In addition to research in a variety of biological topics I was also able to plan and implement a water capture system for the campus greenhouse through the Green revolving fund. These experiences have already proven to have a positive impact and have helped prepare me for future research.

Most Valuable College Experience:
One of my most valuable experiences while in college is being away from my home for long periods of time. I grew up surrounded by family and childhood friends; college provided the opportunity to meet new people, explore new ideas, and enjoy greater independence.

Why Catawba?
To be honest before visiting Catawba I had not heard of the college. One day I was sitting at lunch in high school and my friend said he was going to be visiting a college and offered to give me a ride if I decided to tag along. The visit seemed like a fun break from class so I filled out one of the college's short form applications. When we arrived on the campus I was given an acceptance letter and we were given a tour. During the tour we were shown the ecological preserve, which piqued my interest. Following the trip I did some research into the Biology program at Catawba. I was excited to see photos from a class trip to the Galapagos Islands and decided that Catawba was the place for me. Unfortunately there were not any Galapagos trips offered during my time here, but despite this I do not regret my decision.


Sophia Centeno '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Physician Assistant Program

Most Valuable College Experience:
One of the most valuable experiences I have had has been my scuba diving class. I was able to learn about the ocean and marine organisms all while learning how to scuba dive and having so much fun. This is an experience I never would have had without Catawba and it is something I will continue doing and enjoying for the rest of my life.

Why Catawba?
Science can be very challenging and in order to succeed you need not only a knowledgeable educator but a passionate one who is committed to your success and to being there to guide you every step of the way. All major classes are taught by doctorates and they are always available to provide one on one attention to help you reach your goals. We're not just learning here at Catawba, we're building relationships that will benefit us for the rest of our lives.


Sydni_Cockerham.jpgSyndi Cockerham '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Pharmaceutical Sales

Most Valuable College Experience:
The two most valuable experiences in college was to be in classes with seminars discussing topics telling what we learned about a topic that was being discussed, I felt that I was learning from the other students in the class just by getting to hear the different perspectives about the topic. I felt it was a good critical thinking process, to have discussions in class. The other enjoyable experience that I've had here was the social part of college, just getting to meet people from other places, having the same major as each other, communicating, and networking was a really fun and learning experience to me.

Why Catawba?
I chose Catawba College for my science degree because a lot of my favorite science teachers had graduated from Catawba College and because of all the great things I've heard about Catawba and hearing the people that were currently going or graduated talked highly of their experience with Catawba, they seemed to really love the atmosphere. Another reason I chose it was because the classroom size was relatively smaller than how it would've been at a public college, with the small classroom sizes I felt like I'd really get the chance to connect with my professors when I had questions or needed help.


Susan_Ethridge.jpgSusan Ethridge '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Military or Park Ranger

Internship Experience:
I did an internship with Sustainable Catawba looking into different avenues of sustainable transportation. This would have been more valuable if the projects I was working on were given parameters in which they could have been made realities.   I also did a practicum and an independent study. Both were equally valuable because the practicum gave me a guided tour through research and then the independent study gave me the freedom to make mistakes and learn on my own.

Why Catawba?
I had the choice between a big university and Catawba. When I visited the bigger school I felt a disconnect from what I wanted and what they had to offer. I knew that with the smaller classes at Catawba I would have more opportunity to get exactly what I wanted out of the program rather than the other way around. Each professor I have had knows me by name, which may seem trivial but when your entire future rides on how much they care about your success it makes all the difference in the world.


Paul_Frye.jpgPaul Frye '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Veterinary Medical School

Internship Experience:
I did summer research with Dr. Lowery. I investigated the effects of increased levels of CO2 on Favia fragum, a species of coral. I also presented my findings recently at the NC state research symposium. I found this experience valuable because it allowed me to work independently and was really fun during the process.

Most Valuable College Experience:
My most valuable experience while in college was a class called Marine Science. Dr. Sabo and Dr. Lowery taught it. A main part of the Course was earning you SCUBA certification. A year after that course, I enrolled in my instructor training course, and in January of 2015 I will be a SUCBA instructor.

Why Catawba?
I chose Catawba for a simple reason. I need to be close to family at the time. But, since then I have loved the program here and wouldn't trade it for anything.


Finn_Furstenwerth.jpgFinn Furstenwerth '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Medical School

Internship Experience:
I did a year of research with Dr. Bolin at Catawba College. We studied the metabolic pathways of Burmannia capitata. This research opportunity was an absolutely unforgettable and important part of my education here at Catawba. It taught me not only multiple laboratory techniques, but provided me with important expertise in the field of biology.  

Most Valuable College Experience:
The most valuable times are when you spend time with students that are interested in the same field, people that share the same passion as you. This is most often the case in the labs, when everyone has to work together. They always have ideas and information that you have never thought about and vice versa.

Why Catawba?
Catawba College does not only offer a great liberal arts college education, where science students are forced to step outside their comfort zone, but in addition has a science program that includes passionate and enthusiastic professors that make learning fun. The advantage of a degree at Catawba College is the broad range of knowledge acquired that turns their students into all-round scholars.


Kyle_Henderson.jpgKyle Henderson '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Graduate School

Most Valuable College Experience:
I performed independent research. It led to conferences where I presented research and spoke with graduate schools.

Why Catawba?
I chose this college because the science department is very developed. The faculty come from so many different specialties that no matter what you want to do you will have someone to guide you.


Titus_Hunt.jpgTitus Hunt '15

Plans for "After Catawba:"
Graduate School

Internship Experience:
I had an internship this summer at the research campus in Kannapolis NC. The internship was a very valuable experience. I learned a lot about broccoli and glucosinolates. The internship really opened my eyes on what I wanted to do with my life.

Most Valuable College Experience:
One of my most valuable experiences happen when I was a freshman, I failed my first science test. That really opened my eyes. It showed me that I am going to have to work hard for what I want. I did very well in the class.

Why Catawba?
I chose to purse a science degree science degree at Catawba because of the professors. They care about you and want you to do well. The professors will do anything they can to help you.