2012 Major: Biology
Currently: University of Central Florida
How has being a Biology graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?
"Duke prepared me so well for my graduate program in Biology (I just received my PhD!). The lab classes taught advanced techniques that my fellow graduate students had not been exposed to, and the small class sizes and opportunity to complete a senior thesis in a lab gave me a leg up on everything from presenting to statistics. During my BS in Duke Biology, I learned skills that gave me the equivalent of a Masters at many other institutions!"
What advice would you give students in Biology?
"Take advantage of Duke's unique resources for biology! Take a class at the Lemur Center if you can — no other institution offers a course like it. Visit the greenhouse and herbarium. Get involved in the cutting-edge research Duke biologists are producing, even if it's just by washing dishes at first; you will be getting a first-hand look at what it takes to make science happen."