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Alumni Interviews

Fifteen Scholar Alumni have been interviewed about their participation in the Program and share how the experience has affected their teaching and professional lives. Take some time to read their stories and the advice Scholars have for prospective applicants.


Mike Boyle
05-06 Scholars-in-Residence Program
(precursor to the Biology Scholars Program)
09 Writing Residency (now the Transitions Residency)

Michael D. Boyle is the William J. von Liebig Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Juniata College, an undergraduate liberal arts college.
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Loretta Brancaccio-Taras
05-06 Scholars-in-Residence Program
(precursor to the Biology Scholars Program)

Loretta Brancaccio-Taras joined the faculty of Kingsborough Community College (KCC) in 1994, and for the last two years, she has been professor and chairperson of the KCC Department of Biological Sciences.

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Chris Burke
08-09 Research Residency

Chris Burke is a microbial ecologist at the Australian Maritime College, which is an institute of the University of Tasmania.

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Jonathan “Jack” E. Davis
09-10 Research Residency

Jonathan “Jack” E. Davis, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of biology at Dona Ana Community College, in Las Cruces, N.M. at Dona Ana, which is part of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) system.

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David Dunbar
08-09 Research Residency
10-11 Transitions Residency

David Dunbar, Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology at Cabrini College in Radnor, Penn.

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Samantha Elliott
08-09 Research Residency

Samantha Elliott is a professor and cell biologist/immunologist at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a nondenominational, coed, small, public liberal arts institution in St. Mary’s City, Md.

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Kai (Billy) Hung
09-10 Research Residency

Billy Hung is in a tenure-track position at Eastern Illinois University, where he teaches General Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, and Heredity and Society courses as well as performing research.

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Marcy Kelly
05-06 Scholars-in-Residence Program
(precursor to the Biology Scholars Program)

Marcy Kelly is a professor at Pace University, where she has taught undergraduate courses such as BIO 101, General Microbiology, Practicum in Research Methods, Advanced Microbiology, and Research in Microbiology for more than eight years.

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Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz
09-10 Research Residency

Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Youngstown State University.

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Jeffrey LaMack
10-11 Research Residency

Jeffrey LaMack, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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Julie Reynolds
09-10 Research Residency

Julie Reynolds is an assistant professor in the biology department at Duke University, where she is also Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Certificate in Teaching College Biology.

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Michèle Shuster
05-06 Scholars-in-Residence Program
(precursor to the Biology Scholars Program)

Michèle Shuster is an assistant professor at New Mexico State University, where she has been an educator for close to a decade. Her courses include an introductory biology course for majors and an upper-division course on cancer.

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Jim Smith
08-09 Research Residency

Jim Smith is an associate professor of biology at Lyman Briggs College (LBC), a residential college for undergraduate, natural sciences students on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU).

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Bethany Stone
08-09 Research Residency
10-11 Transitions Residency

Bethany Stone is a teaching assistant professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, Mo.

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Jacqueline Washington
09-10 Research Residency
11-12 Transitions Residency

Jacqueline Washington is a professor and chair of the Biology Department at Nyack College in Nyack, New York.

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  • What Past Participants Have to Say…

    Participating in the Scholars program has been the single most best and most influential decision that I have made in my teaching career. […] There is no value that you can place on knowing other like-minded individuals who are caring, sharing, and willing to help each other to succeed.”

     – 2009 Research & 2011 Transitions Scholar

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