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Kristina Knesting and Michael Marsden

Kristina Knesting discusses a chemistry research project with Michael Marsden (Academic Affairs).

June 2008

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Eight new graduates are already making their department proud

All eight of this year’s graduating chemistry majors are on their way to post-graduate study. “We are very proud of them,” says Cynthia Ochsner, speaking on behalf of the chemistry faculty.

These students have not only secured places at institutions of considerable repute. Many of them have been offered considerable support, ranging from $25-30,000 per year plus benefits, to fund their studies.

Each of the seven who graduated last month has plans to attend graduate or professional school to further pursue their careers in the field of science. And Kristina Knesting, who graduated in December, will be entering a Ph.D. program at the University of Washington.

Amber Schuh says her research experience at St. Norbert helped solidify her idea of pursuing further education after receiving her undergraduate degree. She will be entering the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. program in biochemistry.

Steven Kraft says that, after performing research at St. Norbert for two summers, he realized that being in the lab is what he wanted to pursue beyond college. He will be entering the Purdue University Ph.D. program in chemistry.

Amanda McGovern discovered her vocation through pre-pharmacy courses at St. Norbert. She will be entering the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. program in pharmacy.

Austin Baranek remembers it was a polymer class during J-term that sparked his interest in that particular field of chemistry. While following the University of Southern Mississippi’s Ph.D. program in chemistry, he will study polymers and high-performance materials.
Jamie Wieting will be attending the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Ph.D. interdisciplinary program in biomedical sciences.

Laura Kubista says the teaching assistant positions she held at St. Norbert allowed her to realize how much she enjoyed working with students. She will be entering the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ryan Schoenenberger says he always wanted to go to dental school once he graduated St. Norbert. Now he will be attending the Marquette University School of Dentistry.

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