Alex Freedenberg ’18
Upon graduation, Alex Freedenberg ’18 hopes to attend medical school. He’s counting on his biology coursework and student research experiences at Fisher to help him get there.
As a Science Scholar, Alex was matched with Dr. Jonelle Mattiacio, and assists with her research on influenza and its interactions in the human body. Working with Dr. Mattiacio, Alex designed his own independent research project, meeting regularly with her for guidance and feedback on his progress.
“Your research mentor guides you as you undertake research at the undergraduate level, helping you understand the formation of how a primary study works,” he explained. “It’s a hands-on experience that makes you be a scientist–not just a student.”
A member of the TriBeta Biology Honor Society, Alex was also accepted into the School’s Summer Research Fellows program. Through the program, he spent the summer between his sophomore and junior year working in the lab every day; allowing him to be present for every experiment his research requires.
Brooke Meader ’17
It’s no surprise that Brooke Meader’s favorite spot on campus was the Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building. As a biology major and chemistry minor, she spent most of her time taking courses and conducting research in the space.
During her senior year, she worked on a project in Dr. Noveera Ahmed’s cryopreservation lab, and she notes a biochemistry course with Dr. Kevin Callahan was great in linking all of the information she learned in other classes together.
“The biology department has so much to offer in terms of courses that spark your personal interest and professors with different backgrounds who are willing to help with anything,” said Brooke.
In addition to academics, Brooke kept busy as a member of the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society and serving as an Orientation leader. A past president of the College’s Study Abroad Club, Brooke spent the spring 2016 semester in studying in Granada, Spain.