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Erin Molden, '05

Erin Molden, '05‚Äč“My professors still know me and check in to see how my family is doing. My best friend and sorority little sister is someone that I can visit and pick up right where we left off,” says Erin Molden ’05, a chemistry, molecular biology and mathematics major. She adds, “As a chemistry major we had small classes and my lab partner, Jared Molden, eventually became my life partner. Now we have three kids under 5 years old. Each year we return for Homecoming and just enjoy being on campus and seeing our old stomping grounds.”

Molden chose Muskingum because she knew several Muskie grads who spoke highly of the institution. She also earned a John Glenn full tuition scholarship and was able to participate on the varsity Track & Field team. Both her track coach and her admission counselor kept in close contact with her throughout the admission process. Molden adds, “I remember [admission counselor] Gary Atkins sent me a handwritten Christmas card and I think that probably sealed the deal!”

Following her graduation from Muskingum, Molden earned her M.S. degree in Immunobiology from the University of Cincinnati. She then worked as a biomedical research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, followed by a stint as a scientist at Bexion Pharmaceuticals in Covington, Kentucky. Most recently, Molden moved back to her hometown of Kettering, Ohio to teach at Miami Valley Career Tech Center, where she is the Biotechnology Career Tech Lab Instructor. In this position, she teaches high school juniors and seniors the basics of biotech research in hands-on courses. She says, “It is so much fun to see my students get excited about science and develop their career goals.”

Molden says, “Every time I visit Muskingum I see someone that still knows who I am. That makes a big impact on students and helps them to be successful after graduation. I hope that I can take that same approach with my students here at MVCTC.” She also adds that her coursework at Muskingum set her up for success in graduate school and beyond.