North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nate Montgomery

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Biology major, Chemistry minor

Dr. Nate Montgomery became one of the top doctoral students in genetics and molecular biology in the country after finding his passion for science at North Central College, a small liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois, where he came to run cross country and learn to be a journalist, but earned a degree in biology. In a freshman cell biology class, he actually needed remedial help but fell in love with molecular biology.

Guided by a young professor with an interest in researching yeast genetics, Montgomery learned an approach to science that served him well as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. So successful was this young scientist that he won a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship valued at $200,000, and received the Kenan/Edwards-Hobgood Fellowship at UNC. Nate is now pursuing another path in the sciences: he enrolled in the UNC School of Medicine and anticipates graduating in 2011.