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Five DYC Biology & Chemistry Majors are Headed to PhD Programs

(Left to right, from top corner) Robert Kubiak II, Derek Schall, Mohamed Sharif, Daniel W. Snyder II and Catherine Sutherland

Five DYC Biology & Chemistry Majors are Headed to PhD Programs

The recent graduates were offered fellowships and stipends to fully cover the cost of their tuition and living expenses.

Buffalo, New York – July 20, 2015 – Buffalo, NY - Five recent graduates from the Department of Math and Natural Sciences at D'Youville will have the opportunity to continue their academic studies and conduct research as PhD candidates in doctoral programs around the country.

The five students will receive full funding including tuition, health benefits and a stipend for living expenses, ranging from $21,500 to $35,000 for the four to seven years the students may be enrolled in the doctoral program.

"We are ecstatic to highlight the accomplishments of these students," said Laura Hechtel, PhD, assistant professor of biology, who leads the department's pre-professional advising committee. "Many undergraduate students don't realize that most PhD programs do not charge tuition and they actually pay their students to earn a highly-valuable doctoral degree."

The students are:

Robert Kubiak II completed a double major at D'Youville, earning a BS in Biology and a BS in Chemistry in May 2015. Kubiak was accepted into eight graduate programs in all, including Boston College, Case Western University, Emory College, Florida State, University of Hawaii, Notre Dame, SUNY Stony Brook, and University of California, Davis. He is a military veteran with a 4.0 GPA and has a publication in Tetrahedron Letters with Dominic L. Ventura, PhD, assistant professor of chemistry at D'Youville. Kubiak is headed to Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue a PhD in Chemistry.

Derek Schall earned a BS in Chemistry in May 2015. Schall was accepted into the University of Vermont’s Chemistry Department and will begin in the fall. He is excited to pursue graduate research in organic or pharmaceutical chemistry.

Mohamed Sharif graduated in May 2014 with his BS in Biology and BS in Chemistry. Originally in D’Youville’s HEOP program, Sharif thrived in both of his majors. He is currently committed to the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) PhD program at the University at Buffalo.

Daniel W. Snyder II completed a double major at D'Youville, earning a BS in Biology and BS in Chemistry in May 2015. He was accepted into Chemistry programs at Georgetown, University at Buffalo, and University of Utah. He has committed to go to the University of Utah to study Biophysical Chemistry. "I was very impressed with the research being done there,” Snyder said. "I would tell others applying to graduate school from D’Youville to use our school’s small size to your advantage. Cultivate relationships with your professors and get involved anywhere you can. The letters of recommendation that you get from professors who really know you will set your application apart.”

Catherine Sutherland earned a BS in Biology in May 2015. She was accepted into the University of Virginia’s PhD program for biological/medical sciences and Pennsylvania State University’s Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology (BMMB) program. Sutherland has committed to the Penn State BMMB program as they offered her a prestigious fellowship in addition to departmental support. She is hoping to work in their Gene Regulation department due to their great faculty. “My advice to students applying to graduate schools is to interact with your professors and advisors a lot before, during, and after the application process," Sutherland said. "They have invaluable insight as to the differences between different programs, what type of environment you can thrive in, and they have connections to schools all over the country. They've lived this process first hand; let them guide you."

For more information about Math and Natural Sciences majors at D’Youville, visit the Biology & Mathematics and Chemistry websites.


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