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North Central College students prepare for careers in health sciences and medicine

Rebecca Kirk
North Central pre-health students receive preparation in academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Oct. 19, 2011—At North Central College, pre-health students get a full dose of preparation: academics, research opportunities, field experiences, personal counseling and placement assistance.

Rebecca Kirk, a junior with majors in biochemistry and psychology, has had her heart set on becoming a doctor for as long as she can remember. “I’ve wanted to become a pediatrician since the day I was born,” she says.

Majors Minors and Programs : Pre-Occupational Therapy

John Ladeur

John Ladeur knew he wanted to pursue a career in healthcare but wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do. After working as a certified nursing assistant and a phlebotomy lab assistant, John eventually found his fit in occupational therapy.

John, who transferred from a community college, chose to earn his bachelor’s degree at North Central rather than a bigger school. “I prefer small classes and seeing professors on a regular basis during office hours,” John says. “I love the campus. North Central also has a good reputation in the sciences, and everyone I’ve met along the way has been very personable.”

John also appreciates opportunities for volunteering at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, where he shadows occupational therapists.

Upon graduation, John plans to attend graduate school. He’s received academic and career advice from North Central’s pre-professional health program coordinator Marguerite Degenhardt. “Her advice has given me a lot of insight,” John says. “I’ve learned what schools look for, programs they offer, and health science graduate school credential evaluations I need to accomplish to put myself in a better position for grad school.

“It’s helpful to have people to talk to,” he says. “Their advice makes things seamless in terms of what to do after graduation.”

Sawyer and students present posters at psychology conference

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and an alumna to give presentations at Midwestern Psychological Association meeting.

Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology, collaborated with three students and a recent alumna to deliver poster presentations during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, May 5-7. One presentation, titled “Facial Masculinity Effects on Personality Judgments,” included biochemistry major and psychology minor Monica Bienias '11 and psychology graduate Isabel Decian ’10, as co-authors. Collaboration with psychology majors

New offerings for science majors

Recent developments signal the College’s ongoing commitment to its science curriculum and career preparation with an eye toward construction of a new science center on campus.

Students will be able to pursue degrees in additional areas of study beginning fall 2011. They can complete a new major in the field of chemical microscopy, which involves the use of microscopes to solve chemical problems. Minors will be offered in bioinformatics—the application of statistics and computer sciences to the field of molecular biology—and neuroscience, the study of the nervous system.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

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