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Biochemistry alum Courtney Aceto (BS '17) is headed to Johns Hopkins University this fall where she will continue her education by studying for her Masters in Biotechnology with a concentration is Biodefense and Infectious diseases. Courtney identified two aspects of her Stevenson education that prepared her for this step: "The career-driven curriculum at SU overly prepared me for the prerequisites for this program. I had more than enough credits in all  required categories (biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry) including the labs. Without the experience that I gained during the capstone program, I wouldn’t have landed my current full time-job at Hopkins. Having this job also strengthened my application for this part-time [gradate] program geared toward working individuals." Courtney hopes this advanced degree will allow her to expand her future career opportunities, maybe even lead her to an MD/PhD program down the road. Courtney pictured above at the SOS poster session and with faculty in the department at the Senior Awards event last spring. Congratulations, Courtney!

Accepted scholarship students visited campus this past weekend and had the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty and visiting alumni. While their parents attended information sessions on their own, students participated in one of two hands-on workshops involving fingerprinting, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tracey Mason and FBI latent print examiner and alum Marisa Bender (Chem '10/MSFS'11), or fun with fluorescence, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer. Both parents and prospective students had the opportunity to hear from an SOS alumni panel, including our chemistry alums (Mandi Sheroke, Chem '14/MSFS'15 and Kathryn Merrick, Biochem '15), about the major, being a student athlete, the forensic science 4+1 program and applying to medical school and physical therapy school among many covered topics. At the meet the department session, pictured above, currents students, faculty and alumni were on hand to tell stories about their experiences. (L-R: Delaney Patterson, Biochem '18; Amanda Slonaker, Chem'10/MAT'15; Alex Bull, Chem '18; Kourtney Wells, Biochem '18; Corinna Carter, Chem '17/MSFS '18, and faculty member Dr. Jeremy Burkett.)

Amanda McGown (BS Chem '05), who received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University after SU, serves as Lead Physical Scientist at Booz Allen, where she has been working for several years.  She supports several different government agencies and branches of the military with projects relating to chem/bio defense.  She reports that the work is challenging and very rewarding.   Shown here are Amanda, Mike and their children, Kaylee and Allie, who really enjoyed Christmas this year!

Warm Holiday Wishes from the Department of Chemistry! Our annual Holiday Letter is here.

Congratulations to our three December graduates! Jasmin Ramirez (Biochemistry), Janaya Slaughter (Chemistry) and Yaakov Itzkowitz (Biochemistry) were awarded their degrees at the Stevenson University Winter Commencement on Monday.  Yaakov was also the SOS recipient of the Orsia YF. Young Leadership award. Follow the link to watch (and rewatch) our students cross the stage.