WHERE GRADS GO
Biology and Biochemistry at Gordon College represent very broad fields with great flexibility in degree plans. With two degrees (B.A. and B.S.), two majors, and five concentrations, preparation for our students comes both in and outside of the classroom. Given this breadth in coverage, individual preparation varies considerably from student to student, which is a strength in our department. Students take an impressive number of labs in their coursework, which is an embedded component in our curriculum and provides a clear and documented form of preparation, where students learn many lab techniques and use complex equipment, providing preparation for graduate school, medical school, and employment.
The Biotechnology Concentration requires an internship experience to gain practical application of the skills they have learned and to connect with potential employers. Internships have included the following companies:
Daphne Hollinger, class of 2003
A Pike scholar at Gordon, Daphne focused on sustainability, biology and the third world. She then spent three months in Haiti's central plateau working for the agricultural mission ECHO. After that Daphe lived in Burkina Faso, where she worked at The Village of Hope, an organization that cares for AIDS orphans. In 2006, Daphne won the Citizens' Science Writing Competition that was presented at the United Nations. Her essay is about agroforestry in Nepal. Now Daphne is enrolled in Fuller Seminary, in the School for International Studies.
Jeff and Tatyana (Krasnoshek) Divino, class of 2002 and class of 2003
Jeff Divino, a top student and senior class president at Gordon, left to do graduate work in fish ecology at the University of Alberta Canada. His master's thesis resulted in two peer-reviewed publications on fathead minnow biology. Jeff now works in fisheries management for the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Tatyana earned her D.O. and has begun a family medicine residency at Middlesex Hospital. They live in Portland, CT.
Anna Boorse Doubeni, class of 1990
Anna went to Temple Medical School and Duke University for a residency. She married another family practice doctor. They work at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA where Anna tries to keep up with her kids and maintain an interest in music in the Worcester chorale. Both Anna and her husband have master's in public health degrees. Anna's public health interest is in obesity in underprivileged groups.
Russ Bohl and Rebekah Kostas, class of 2003
Russ writes: "Rebekah and I graduated in 2003, and then we both traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where we taught (middle school science for me, high school English for her) for a year. When we got back, we lived in the Philadelphia area, where we got married. We both taught school there (Rebekah taught high school science for two years, while I taught a year of middle school science and then did AmeriCorps with the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection). Now I am pursuing a M.S. in wildlife and fisheries science at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and Rebekah and I are expecting our first child in February!" Professor Boorse writes: "Russ and Rebekah fell in love in my Advanced Techniques in Ecology class, though I don't really claim any credit for that. It was the beauty of mapping purple loosestrife infestations that did it."