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Meet our Biology Alumni

Meet our Biology Alumni

Graduates from Chestnut Hill College’s Department of Biology are placed in reputable graduate and pre-professional schools pursuing their higher education in Biology, Molecular Biology Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, and Emergency Medicine. Recent students have earned M.S., M.D., V.M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at several of the nation’s top universities.

Career opportunities for graduates from the Biology Department are broad and diverse. Graduates find positions as science or engineering technicians, health technologists, and research technicians. Graduates may also choose to be educators in elementary or high schools. Those who go on to pursue a doctorate usually obtain faculty appointments at private and public colleges and universities.

Allison Eberly ’14, Molecular Biology and Chemistry
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Allison Eberly ’14 currently is a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt University in the lab of Dr. Maria Hadjifrangiskou. Ali has been co-author on multiple manuscripts and a book chapter.

Ali majored in molecular biology and chemistry, earning dual-departmental honors. During her time at CHC, Ali gave 10 presentations and attended prestigious scientific conferences and meetings around the country. 

Through three unique internship opportunities, she was exposed to both industrial and academic areas of research. She interned at Boise State University through the National Science Foundation, JRF America and at CHC and Temple University through the SEPCHE Institutionalizing STEM Undergraduate Research Faculty-Student Research Project.

Ali has dreamed of becoming a doctor since she was a child and chose to attend CHC after being recruited to play volleyball. While a student, Ali was a resident assistant, co-president of the Activities Team, secretary of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, ran cross-country and was inducted into four honor societies. In addition, she earned grades that kept her on the dean’s list and the athletic academic honor roll. She also co-founded CHC's Chemistry Club.

CHC afforded me the opportunity to partake in many different extra-curricular activities, while still challenging me academically. Without my relationship with my professors at CHC, I would never have had the opportunity to find my true passion — scientific research.

Kelsey Haugh ’14, Molecular Biology
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Kelsey Haugh ’14 studies microbiology through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at Yale University, considered one of the best microbiology departments in the country.

Kelsey majored in Molecular Biology and was part of the immersive undergraduate research program that allows select CHC students the opportunity to conduct research at Fox Chase Cancer Center thanks to an articulation agreement between the two institutions. Fox Chase is one of the nation’s top biomedical and oncology centers. 

In the 15-month program, students spend an average of 10 hours a week at Fox Chase for immersive lab work in addition to their regular coursework. They also complete two summers of research at Fox Chase with some of the most highly regarded scientists in the Philadelphia area. One of the program’s goals is to allow students to publish their research findings in scientific journals, a rare accomplishment for undergraduates and one which opens doors for those who want to study at the post-graduate or doctoral level.

Another component of this partnership is an education exchange in which Fox Chase graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and others share their research and expertise with CHC science students giving them valuable exposure to a large base of research scientists with varying backgrounds and expertise.

Unlike other small, liberal arts colleges, Chestnut Hill College presented me with a unique opportunity. I was able to enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts education, all while being immersed year-round in a fully equipped research laboratory. Biology students at CHC truly have the best of both worlds.

Alex Kowalski ’09, Biology
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After graduation, Alex Kowalski ’09 attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to follow a career in family medicine. Osteopathic medicine is a unique approach to health care, where doctors are trained to look at the whole person rather than parts that may be affected. Now as a resident physician in family medicine, he knows that this holistic approach to patient care strongly mirrors his liberal arts experience.

Alex was a resident assistant and vice president of student government at CHC and always wanted to become a physician. He was a biology major and encouraged to expand his learning to a variety of settings and to look at problems through multiple perspectives. 

CHC gave me the broad perspective and sense of humanism that allows me to effectively interact with my patients and help them in the best way possible.