Biology Success Stories

Sarah Linn '14

Sarah a biology major from Grafton, Ohio, spent a summer interning at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans. It was a formative summer for her, as it helped her determine what she wants to pursue for a career. She “performed animal husbandry duties on a daily basis for exotic cats like clouded leopards and servals.” She also interacted with a number of other species.

“The most important experience I had while I was there was when I assisted in a Type II dolphin necropsy. A necropsy is like an autopsy but for animals and the different types refer to the level of decomposition of the animals. I learned so much about the anatomy of a dolphin and tried to determine its cause of death. This experience really piqued my interest in veterinary pathology, which is the study of disease diagnosis in animals. This led me to pursue a research internship for the Summer of 2013 in pathology. I worked at the Ohio State University in the Division of Neuropathology at the College of Medicine. “

As a high school senior, Sarah was planning to attend a much larger university. “Muskingum University was definitely not what I was looking for originally when I was applying to schools. MU was the only D3 school that I applied to because I thought I was set on going to a large D1 university. Muskingum has provided me with many opportunities, like the internship at Audubon….

“Muskingum…has...a community feel to it. Everyone knows everyone so you never walk to the Quad without seeing one of your friends. The professors don't just know my name, but know me as a person. I have been able to build professional relationships with the professors and staff at Muskingum, which will help me in the career world.”

Jeremy Whitson '13

Jeremy Whitson, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and molecular biology in 2013. The Cleveland native chose Muskingum because he was impressed with the biology faculty and Muskingum’s collaboration with The Wilds.

Immediately following his graduation from Muskingum, Whitson began graduate school at Case Western Reserve University, where he is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pathology on the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease track.


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