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Allison Baucom ’16
Biology Graduate

“Being a student athlete at Catawba also really fine-tuned my time management skills.  It was a challenge in itself to balance soccer and cheerleading while being a Biology major and working, but vet school really tested that skill. Attending Catawba makes you stand out among other people and often gives you something to talk about. Eighty-five percent of my vet school class had never heard of Catawba, and only two other people aside from myself in the history of Catawba have been accepted to NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, but I truly believe it made me stand out as an applicant!” 

Baucom is currently attending N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine.



Audrey Hoffman '17
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Plans for “After Catawba”
I will be teaching chemistry at Green Hope High School in Wake County NC. 

Now that you are a senior, give advice to new college biology students to help them succeed?
Get to know a professor that has experience in areas that interest you and could collaborate with you in a research study.  During Biological Research Methods (a class), start thinking about or even start working on a study that can be used for your capstone and additional research experience. Apply to REU's (Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation), every year to get as much summer research experience as you can.  

Internship experiences?
REU at the University of Georgia gave me research experience in the area of science education. After this experience, I realized I want to go to graduate school for science education after teaching for a few years. My Independent Study with Dr. Bolin started with Biology Research Methods and gave me the opportunity to conduct a study at Catawba. From this, I learned how to write a grant propose, do a literature review, problem-solve though the various problems that arise with research, present at conferences and writing a manuscript to be potentially published in an undergrad journal. 


 

Kate DeZego '17
Biology Graduate

Plans for “After Catawba”
I plan to go to medical school. I am going to try to be an EMT for a year and apply next summer.

Internship experiences?
I did two summer internships. One was an REU at UNC Charlotte and on was in a P2EP program at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. These were both valuable experiences. In the REU I did research with the bacteria Vibro vulificus. I worked with survival of this bacteria in human serum. In the P2EP program at the NCRC I worked with compounds in broccoli that have anti-cancer properties. 

Why Catawba?
To me, Catawba felt like home. I'm from a very small town, and unlike most of the people I grew up with, I did not want to leave the small rural town that I loved. The people I met at Catawba were so welcoming and the professors were incredibly personable that I did not feel as if I had left home. Being in the Honors Program.  I so enjoyed the honors classes I was a part of. While each one was so different, I was able to expand my mind in a fun and often unexpected way. 

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Israel Santiago Suarez '17
Biology Graduate

Plans for "After Catawba"
I am attending Wake Forest University to pursue a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry.

Advice for upcoming Biology Students:
It's as simple as doing what you're supposed to do. Work your tail off and you will get into the best schools for med/vet/pa/nursing/ pharm/bio/chem! There is absolutely no substitute for hard work. Don't let it fly by wishing you had worked harder.

What brought you to Catawba Biology?
The people. Professors are so welcoming and patient, willing to meet with the students one-on-one. Furthermore, the students are not competing against each other, but rather encouraging and helping each other. I realized life in the sciences couldn't possibly be that hard when you have the right people encouraging you every step of the way.

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Bryan Morris '17
Biology Graduate

Plans for "After Catawba"
My plans for after graduation are to return as a post-baccalaureate to do student teaching while applying for a full time position.

Internships?
I had a summer internship with P2EP program at the North Carolina Research Campus. I felt this was a highly valuable experience as it allowed me get a first-hand view into what takes place in a professional research setting. I will be able to pass this valuable information on to my future students.

What brought you to Catawba Biology?
I chose Catawba based on the fact that the school has the highest level of accreditation for the teacher education department and a highly rated science department. This in turn led me into the science field as my major in what I feel is one of the top colleges in my field of interest. The opportunity given to me by the Noyce Scholarship Program allowed me to see that teaching is the career that I wish to pursue.

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Cheyenne Wilson '17
Biology Graduate

Plans for "After Catawba"
I am going to get my EMT certification, work for a year to get experience, then I plan to attend a Physician's Assistant program at either High Point or Elon.

Advice for upcoming Biology Students?
Make sure not to over work yourself. While those 18+ credit hours seems like a great idea, it can become very stressful and leaves very little time for socialization, especially as a biology major. While it does not seem important, a little bit of "me time" goes a long way! Time management is probably the number one mistake I made as a college student.  Don't be afraid to ask for help. When you've spent 3+ hours staring at the same Physics/ Organic Chemistry problem, just go ask either a tutor or the professor. It works wonders!

What brought you to Catawba Biology?
I wanted a small school that was still close to home. I learn better when I can have one-on-one meetings with teachers if needed. Catawba provided essentially a perfect place for easy access to professors. Plus, it's nice to walk around campus and know the majority of the people you walk past on a day-to-day basis, it gives everyone a sense of belonging!

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Allison Baucom ’16
Biology Graduate

“Being a student athlete at Catawba also really fine-tuned my time management skills.  It was a challenge in itself to balance soccer and cheerleading while being a Biology major and working, but vet school really tested that skill. Attending Catawba makes you stand out among other people and often gives you something to talk about. Eighty-five percent of my vet school class had never heard of Catawba, and only two other people aside from myself in the history of Catawba have been accepted to NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, but I truly believe it made me stand out as an applicant!” 

Baucom is currently attending N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine.