24 Apr

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Where are they now? Mount science alumni

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Where are they now? In honor of our Division of Natural Sciences celebration this week, we decided to catch up with a few of our recent science alumni and see where life has taken them after the Mount.


Joseph Henain ’14 – Since graduation, Joe has been pursuing his studies in the medical field. This coming June, Joe will be a doctor (MD), pursuing training in the field of Vascular and Interventional Radioloy at Emory University in Atlanta. “My time spent in the Division of Natural sciences taught me how to think critically and approach problem solving in a logical way. I still use this approach in treating patients on a day to day basis!”

Amy Goldstein ’13 – Amy is a chemist in the Quality Control lab for Nature’s Bounty, a vitamin company based out of Long Island. She has also returned to campus to mentor other science students (right: Goldstein, center, shares her experiences on the “Careers in Sciences” panel). “I can attribute my current – and future – success to my experiences at the Mount, especially my relationships with the Natural Sciences division faculty. It was Dr. Maelia in particular who taught me the basics of Analytical Chemistry, which is essentially my job now. She also helped me land my first job and gain real-world experience right after graduation. I’m still very grateful for the support that all of my science professors offered throughout my time there. I’d also like to mention the amazing help I received from the Center for Career and Experiential Education. I had absolutely no resume writing skills, and now I’m a pro!” Continue Reading

20 Apr

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Science at the Mount – Not just for majors

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The Mount’s annual Family Science Night pairs Mount students with young children to teach the basics of science in a fun, approachable way.

As part of the requirement for the core curriculum found in the Mount’s liberal arts education, Mount students of every major end up taking at least one class within the Division of Natural Sciences.

Some students enjoy the experience so much, however, that they end up staying long past that one course.

For example, the Science of Viral Discovery course, taught by Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology, allows freshman non-science majors to discover previously undocumented viruses and examine the virus’s RNA. Using state-of-the-art technology, the students isolate and characterize viruses known as bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria.

The students “really have ownership of this project,” Merkhofer said. “It’s great to see non-science majors taking such an interest in this course and developing their skills.” Continue Reading

12 Apr

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My First Year – Appreciate Your Professors

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Hi, my name is Nicole Pelton. I am a commuter at Mount Saint Mary College and am entering my sophomore year. My major is Nursing, and I am particularly passionate about ICU nursing. I love the Mount and am very grateful to be earning my degree at such a wonderful college!

One of my favorite aspects of Mount Saint Mary is the fact that all of the professors here are so wonderful. This brings me to my advice for first-year students: College is a challenging time and it can become easy for students to become discouraged and to place blame on their classes or professors. However, it is important to respect your professors and realize that they are there for you and want you to succeed

As college students, we all come across classes that are more challenging than others. During these times, itis important to remember that this simply means we may need to put more time and energy into those classes. It does not mean that the professor is being unreasonable. College is a growth period, and we can only grow when we are pushed out of our comfort zones! Learning to take responsibility for our grades and assignments may be a hard thing at first, but it is an important life skill. It is harmful when we do not take responsibility. It causes us to lose motivation to improve, since we are putting the blame on something or someone else. Remember that you can succeed even in the most challenging classes! Talking to your professors and reaching out to them for help is one of the best ways to succeed in a class. Continue Reading

10 Apr

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Class of 2018 nursing reflection

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Mount Saint Mary College’s spring Nursing Class of 2018

As members of the Mount Saint Mary College’s Class of 2018 prepare to walk across the stage at graduation in just a few weeks, there’s one thing Colin Cassidy doesn’t have to worry about – finding a job.

That’s because the senior Nursing major has already landed a position as an emergency room nurse at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.

Here’s what Colin had to say about finding this job, the Nursing major, and his Mount experience as a whole:

“I have really enjoyed my past four years here at the Mount. The School of Nursing has really gone above and beyond to make my experience and education the best it can be. Between the exceptional staff and the diverse range of clinical experiences, the Mount has given me every opportunity to learn and grow into the type of nurse I want to be. Continue Reading