I was immediately drawn to Fredonia for its welcoming and personable atmosphere, small class sizes, and focus on a customized
and unique experience for each student. I had always heard involvement in college
is necessary to synthesize that true “college experience,” but to a shy freshman
in a new place, this was a scary task. Luckily at my first Fredonia“Activities Night” my apprehension was quickly overturned. I watched in wonder as
huge congregations of students swarmed into the center of campus playing instruments,
beating drums, and waving the banners of nearly 200 clubs. That was my first step
toward campus involvement. Ultimately, I became the president of the Biology Club
and two national honor societies, and was an active member of many other student
groups. Through these outlets I was constantly involved in events on campus, in the
local community, and on a national scale. I have flipped a boat white water rafting,
jumped off a waterfall, planted trees for sustainability, marched for suicide prevention,
and had a severe-stage cancer patient hold my hand, look me in the eyes, and say
“thank you”. Through resources provided by Fredonia, I also performed an internship at a local hospital, was employed as a tutor of
Biology, and started an online business.
During my junior and senior years at SUNY Fredonia I was involved in a research project under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Ferguson in the fields of molecular biology and genetics. The experience
was incredibly rewarding on a professional and personal level, and I shared information
about my research with the admissions board during my interview at the University
of Buffalo School of Medicine. Most of the interview was spent discussing my research,
and I feel that my knowledge and enthusiasm for the project played a strong role
in my acceptance. In fact, the very next day I received a letter from UB. Out of 4000 applicants, I was one of only 144 accepted into the medical school.
My undergraduate research has, and will continue to, benefit me far beyond Fredonia. The medical world is changing, and these days doctors are expected to know about
genetics and molecular biology, and medical students are expected to be experienced
and comfortable with performing research. Furthermore, to be a successful physician
one must function both individually as a scientist and collaboratively with his team,
and he must think critically, quickly, and sharply for his patient’s sake. My research
experience at SUNY Fredonia has already planted the seeds for this necessary personal growth. Further, aided
by this vigor for research and wealth of experience, I was awarded an NIDDK scholarship to perform research at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School during the summer of my first year of
medical school. This is the foremost diabetes center in the world, and the award
was given to only six medical students in the country.
The SUNY Fredonia Biology Department faculty and staff supported me through my struggles, and shared
in celebrating my successes. I was fortunate to have such wonderful and beneficial
opportunities right at my fingertips. I am grateful to the caring and invested professors
in the biology department at Fredonia, who do a wonderful job providing their students with scientifically relevant, legitimate,
and progressive education and research opportunities. Thanks to Fredonia, I have embarked toward fulfilling my dream to become a physician, and for that
I could not be more grateful!'
Steven Gangloff B.S. in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2012 University at Buffalo School of Medicine, Class of 2016
I graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2012 with a B.S. in Molecular Genetics and a minor
in Chemistry, and am currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate
Studies Program at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. The most important
part of my education at Fredonia was the two years I spent researching protein-mRNA
interactions during oogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster in Dr. Scott Ferguson's lab.
While it's one thing to read about science in a textbook, or learn about it in lectures,
nothing compares to having the opportunity to actually conduct your own research.
It's not like labs you do for class-- there is no "right" answer, no known endpoint
or outcome. You design your own experiments to answer an unknown. There's nothing
more satisfying than knowing that when you see your result, that is the first time
anyone has ever seen it. You're not reading about the cutting edge of science--you're
right there, blazing the path.
While you can conduct research at most any university, what makes the research environment
at Fredonia special is the environment. Everyone in the Ferguson lab was like my second
family. We would study together, spend late nights in the lab together, and go out
on the weekends together. When someone had a great success, we all did. Every time
one of us got accepted into a graduate program or medical school, you could count
on someone baking cupcakes or decorating the lab, and everyone coming together to
celebrate. Even though many of us graduated and are now scattered about at graduate
and medical schools throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, we're all still very
close, and will continue to be for years to come. I wouldn't trade my time spent in
Dr. Ferguson's lab for anything. It gave me not only the knowledge and experience
necessary to get into one of the top biomedical research graduate programs in the
country, but also a sense of close comradery I know I would not have had at any other
B.S. in Molecular Genetics, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2012
Ph.D. Student, Cellular and Molecular Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of
Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering Research Trainee, National Institute of
Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health
At SUNY Fredonia I studied smallmouth bass population genetics. Throughout the four
years I conducted research at SUNY Fredonia I learned many valuable techniques both
in the field and the lab. I was able to harness the power of population genetics to
answer important ecological questions about smallmouth bass using these techniques.
As with anything it takes practice to be good at what you do. My research project
provided me with the opportunity to hone skills I learned in SUNY Fredonia’s Biology
classes and labs. These techniques have proved very useful for my career. I believe
that my research endeavors at SUNY Fredonia gave me a competitive edge when applying
to Ph.D. programs because research experience is an important factor assessed when
applying. My advisor and other professors involved in my project at SUNY Fredonia
were great people to ask for letters of recommendation which are often required for
post graduate work/studies. All in all, the education I received at SUNY Fredonia
prepared me very well for my doctoral studies at Oregon State University.
B.S in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2009
M.S. in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2011
Ph.D. student, Fisheries Science, Oregon State University
As a Medical Technology major, I took a variety of challenging courses, including
Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Disease.
I also got involved with campus clubs such as the Biology Club, Chemistry Club and
the Tri-Beta Honor Society. Challenging myself with these courses and participating
in the organizations helped me to develop close relationships with the faculty who
became my most important mentors throughout the years. To complete my degree program,
I performed a year-long clinical internship at Rochester General Hospital. After completion
of the internship, I graduated with my bachelors degree. I also took and passed my
certifying exams for state licensure and national certification. I now have an amazing
job as a Medical Technologist working for the University of Rochester Medical Center
Microarray Comparative Genomic Hybridization Laboratory.
I have come to realize that one of the best parts of my education is the way the Fredonia
Biology faculty went out of their way to make sure I had the optimal educational experience
needed to become a successful scientist. I truly feel that the education and support
from my professors completely prepared me to take on my chosen career in Medical Technology.
If you are a student considering a Medical Technology or Biology major, I hope you
will decide to attend Fredonia and that you will also take advantage of all the opportunities
this prestigious department has to offer!
Lindsey A. Wittmeyer, MT (ASCP)
B.S. in Medical Technology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2012
Medical Technology Certification, Rochester General Hospital, Class of 2012
Medical Technologist – Microarray CGH Laboratory – University of Rochester Medical
Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I started to look at
universities, I knew I wanted an affordable institution with a Biology program that
would help me reach my dream. After looking at multiple SUNY school Biology departments,
I found Fredonia to have the one best suited for me. It is a small, closely knit department,
and I discovered that all the Biology professors knew my name at the end of my freshman
year – even professors I had not had for class!
Fast forward to present day – I graduated with my degree in Biology from SUNY Fredonia,
and am now a student at the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Many
factors contributed to my obtaining this goal. For example, every SUNY Fredonia
Biology professor here is willing to help you when you need it. They also push you
to find the true potential that you don’t even know you have yet. Fredonia has lots
of research opportunities and internships. I was an intern at the Fredonia Animal
Hospital for two years, and this really helped strengthen my application to veterinary
school. There are many campus clubs and groups for students, and some are associated
with specific career paths. I was a member of the Pre- Health Professional Club,
and this organization helped give me a clearer understanding of veterinary medicine,
and how to effectively apply to professional school.
SUNY Fredonia prepared me well, and gave me the confidence I needed to get into The
Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and I am grateful for it!
Leah Kerns Webb
B.S. in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2012
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016
As a previous member of the Biology Adolescence Education and the Biology Thesis M.S.
programs at SUNY Fredonia, and a current high school Biology Teacher, I cannot express
in words what a tremendous education I received to help train me for my career as
not only an educator, but perpetual scientist as well. I now have the fortunate privilege
of teaching not only high school level Biology, but also AP Biology, and SUNY Fredonia
has prepared me well to handle the rigors of teaching such a demanding course in terms
of content and time constraints. I regularly reference my experiences at SUNY Fredonia
to my AP Biology classes, including my two chances to study abroad in Costa Rica and
the Bahamas. The Biology and Education professors that I had over my 6 years at Fredonia
were some of the most influential people in my life, and have allowed me to understand
concepts and ideas that have shaped me as an educator, scientist and person. I have
no regrets about my decision to choose SUNY Fredonia to further my education, and
always recommend it to all of my students that wish to get a wonderful science education
that will prepare them for whatever career they eventually choose.
B.S. in Biology Adolescence Education, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2008
M.S. in Biology - Thesis, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2011
Biology Teacher, Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, NY
Fredonia was instrumental in propelling my academic and professional career forward
to where it is today. During my undergraduate career, I was able to design and perform
a series of self-directed experiments that ultimately led to my Honors Thesis and
a peer-reviewed publication. Following upon this work, I was able to design and perform
another series of field experiments that earned me both an MS in Biology from Fredonia
and another peer-reviewed publication. These experiences together helped to both
build my reputation as a proven researcher and helped to earn me a spot in Penn State’s
highly competitive Entomology Department’s PhD program – and that leap was critical
in moving my career forward to running an internationally-known laboratory. That
Fredonia offers these types of experiences is a testament to how valued students are,
and to the high quality of faculty mentorship that is expected by the University.
I was also able to benefit from incredible learning experiences such as a field ecology
course taught in Yellowstone National Park and directing laboratory undergraduates
and helping to build managerial skills. In short, Fredonia’s Biology Department really
is a gem. The hands-on experiences, close camaraderie among faculty and students
alike, and excellent mentorship by professors all create an environment where students
can truly excel.
Jonathan Lelito, Ph.D.
B.S. in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2003
M.S. in Biology, SUNY Fredonia, Class of 2006
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services
Emerald Ash Borer - Biological Control