What has your Saint Michael's experience,
particularly your experience as a biology major, been like?
My experience as a biology major has been
comprehensive, expansive and enlightening. The lectures at St.
Michael's provide the foundation, while the lab element allows for
a practical, individualistic way to delve deeper into personal
interests. You are taught experimental design, research skills and
scientific writing from the very beginning of your biology
education--all skills that are essential to being successful in this
field. A point I'd really like to get across is that being a biology
major isn't all work and studying--you have a lot of fun along the
way and form some strong friendships with your classmates and lab
group members. These are people that will always be there for
you--it truly is a community atmosphere.
What additional activities did you pursue
related to the biology major?
I have been a teaching assistant for the
general biology labs since the beginning of my sophomore year. I
find it to be a fun way to give back and really apply what you've
learned to help fellow students. Anyone is really appreciative of
any advice you can provide. In addition to TA'ing I helped do the
preparatory work to ensure that all the labs would flow smoothly.
Everything I've been learning has really
culminated into my senior research project which started this
summer. We formed a lab group with fellow seniors Anna Gauthier,
Chelsea Myers and Lucas Schultz under the advisory of Professors
Bozzone and Green. While we all have our own individual projects, we
share a common space and collective knowledge to our common theme of
the study of evolutionary biology related to microbes. I personally
am studying the effect of the foods we eat on the bacteria that
cause dental caries to see if what we eat is related to an
evolutionary push towards trying to decrease these cariogenic
bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans.
What are your post-graduate plans?
Currently I am
studying for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and expect to take it
in the next few months. I hope to apply for dental school by the end
of this coming academic year for matriculation into a DMD or DDS
program in the fall of 2012. In my year off I would like to work
within a research field either at a university or in the private