Note from the Dean 9/13

Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences

“That makes sense.”  As a teacher, that is the phrase that I enjoy most coming from a student.  As a scientist, we have a belief that we can make sense of the physical universe, and that belief has led us to great technologies that make life more pleasant and allows us more time to use that human trait of curiosity.  But the technologies are only a side benefit.  Scientists and mathematicians do their work because it is fun and exhilarating!

In this issue we look at our “Student Success” data for the School of Sciences.  Both students and faculty work very hard to achieve these successes, and it is my belief that they put in this hard work because it is ultimately fun and rewarding.  We also see an individual student success in our featured alum, as well as the many individual successes of our students’ research this summer.

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter.  If you have comments or suggestions, please let me know at jholmes@cbu.edu .

News of the Moment 9/13

Raena King, Visiting Assistnat Professor of Mathematics

Raena King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

The School of Sciences has a new faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:  Raena King.   ”I am joining the full time faculty at CBU after being an adjunct for the last two years.  I completed my BS in Mathematics from Lambuth University in 2007 and my MS in Mathematics from the University of Memphis in 2008.  I have been published in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications as well as in Glasgow Mathematical Journal.  My area of research is functional analysis and operator theory.  The dissertation I will be defending the fall is entitled Hermitian Operators and Projections on Some Hardy Spaces.  Outside of mathematics, my interests include running, playing soccer, reading, cooking, playing music, and spending time with my husband and my baby boy.”

Tamika Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences

Tamika Johnson, Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences

The School of Sciences has a new Administrative Assistant, Tamika Johnson.  Here is a bit about Tamika:
“Hi everybody!  My name is Tamika Johnson and I am the new Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences.  I am married and have four children ranging in age from 21 thru 2.  I love to read, play fantasy football and comic books.  I am originally from Wisconsin, but I have been in Memphis long enough to call it home.  My favorite food is steak and I love all things pink!  I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan and I am looking for a college team to root for…any suggestions?  ;)  On another note…my 11 year old son wants to invent a teleporter and I have no useful advice to give him, so if you have any tips for him (or advice for me) stop by…let’s chat!”

CBU now has a Guaranteed Interview Agreement (GIA) with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy (UTHSC-COP) that makes it possible for CBU students to be accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center – College of Pharmacy after their third year at CBU, and to earn a B.S. in Natural Science from CBU as they earn their Doctorate in Pharmacy degree, a Pharm.D., from UTHSC-COP. This GIA allows highly qualified CBU students to sit for an Admissions Interview for UTHSC-COP’s next entering class up to a year earlier than the typical undergraduate student. This may result in acceptance to UTHSC-COP following their junior year, reducing their total undergraduate and professional education by one full year. Students who have successfully completed their junior year at CBU, including all GERs, and who subsequently obtain their pharmacy degree at UTHSC-COP may be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science degree by CBU.
This agreement is similar to the one we have with the Union University School of Pharmacy, the Southern College of Optometry, and CBU’s own Physicians Assistant Masters program.  Information on each of these can be obtained by following the links at:  http://www.cbu.edu/schoolofscience/pharmacyagreement-ut.html .

new canoes for the ecology major

Captain Jack (a.k.a., Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology) with the new Buccaneer fleet (canoes for Ecology).

CBU has some new ships (canoes) in its Buccaneer fleet.  Captain Jack (a.k.a. Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology) commands the Buc fleet.  The Captain refurbished an old trailer to haul the fleet to its various destinations.

new greenhouse

New Greenhouse for the Ecology program

The biology department has a new greenhouse thanks to the donation of materials by Lynda Miller, Science Lab Coordinator, and the donation of construction work by Dr. James Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology.

 

Congratulations to the following award winning faculty members in the School of Sciences:
Dr. Pascal Bedrossian, Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science, won the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award for 2013!
Dr. Ted Clarke, Assistant Professor of Physics, won the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor award for 2013!
Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was awarded the John J. Shea Chair of Science and Mathematics for the 2013-2014 academic year!
Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, was awarded the Academic Advising award for 2013.

Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger, Associate Professor of Biology, are among the co-authors of an article titled: “Bacterial Contamination of Radiologist Workstations: Results of a Pilot Study” accepted for publication by J Am Coll Radiol 2013.

Students work with "muscles in clay" in A&P lab

Heather Huff and Chawan Rasheed work with “muscles in clay” in A&P I lab

Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology, has had her “muscles in clay” idea published in the “Edu-Snippets” column (edited by Roberta Meehan) in the Summer 2013  issue of HAPS EDucator (a publication of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society).

Dr. John Young, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has had two papers published: (1) Young, J.K.; Clayton, B.T.; Kikonyogo, A.; Pham, T.C.; Parrill, A.L.   “Structural Characterization of an LPA1 Second Extracellular Loop Mimetic with a Self-Assembling Coiled-Coil Folding Constraint” in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2013, 14, 2788-2807; and (2) Chen, Y.; Simmonds, R.S.; Young, J.K.; Timkovich, R.   “Solution Structure of the Recombinant Target Recognition Domain of zoocin A”  in Proteins, 2013, 81, 722-727.

Steven Riley Pace

Steven Riley Pace

On April 20, the Department of Chemistry held its Third Annual Chemistry Department Research Conference.  This year’s conference featured research presentations by the graduating seniors with majors in chemistry and biochemistry, Journal-Club presentations by the junior-level research seminar students, and presentation of the 2013 CBU Department of Chemistry Outstanding Service Awards.  The 2 winners of the 2013 Outstanding Service Award are Stephen (Riley) Pace pictured above and Yusef Akbik pictured below.

Yusef Akbik

Yusef Akbik

On April 25, the Annual Memphis Section of the American Chemical Society luncheon for the top 10 students in both the Memphis-Shelby County Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition and the Memphis Section High School Chemistry Competition was hosted by the CBU Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Center on the CBU campus; parents and teachers accompanied the students to the luncheon. Dr. Don Bashford from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital served as the Master of Ceremony for the event.

May 12-17:  Dr. Dennis Merat, Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the 2013 Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair, accompanied this year’s high school winner, Vijaya Dasari, and her family to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held May 12-17, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Vijaya went on to win first place in the State of Tennessee Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition, receiving an expense paid trip to the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition in Portland, Oregon on June 14-16.  The Memphis-Shelby County Fair is hosted by CBU with significant volunteer help from the CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society and students and faculty from the School of Science.

All four student groups in the School of Sciences have already met this semester and have started planning their activities for the year.  The Biology group, Beta Beta Beta, has met a couple times and has begun planning for its Mock Interview session – see Upcoming Events.  The Math group, MAA, has also met a couple of times.  They had a Welcome Back pizza party where freshmen were introduced to the purpose and activities of the organization.  At an Ice Cream Social on Sept. 9 members debated designs of their club t-shirt. The MAA officers for 2013-14 are:   Rebekah Herrman (President), Eddie Gallarno (Vice-President), Tyler Stranburg (Secretary), Michael Stuart (Treasurer), Josh Swillum (Webmaster), and Becky Wauford (Public Relations).  The Physics group, SPS, met on Sept. 12, and has begun planning on its Science Jeopardy competition – see Upcoming Events.

The pizza was an especially popular part of the first SMACS meeting.

The pizza was an especially popular part of the first SMACS meeting.

On September 5, the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) held their first meeting of the new school year.  Forty-one students and faculty were in attendance.  The new slate of officers were introduced and fall and spring activities were discussed.  The 2013-2014 officers are Esha Thakore (President), Danny Nguyen (Vice-President), Anqi Zheng (Secretary), Melanie Saunders (Treasurer), Kevin Liao (Senator), Erika Odigie (Social Chair), Eva Chen (Chemistry Olympiad Chair), Natalie Wright (National Chemistry Week Chair), Elton Banks (Photographer/Historian), and Parth Thakor (Webmaster).

Alum Gena Horton Vasquez talks to the Natural Science Senior Seminar

Alum Gena Horton Vasquez talks to the Natural Science Senior Seminar

Gena Horton Vasquez, Natural Science 1999, spoke to the Natural Science Seminar class (NSCI 410) about her time at CBU and how it contributed to her career path at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The picture shows some of the items that she brought with her that have been seized as they come through the Port here at Memphis.

Lasallian Fellows

The CBU Lasallian Fellows: Anna Birg, Madeline Faber, Julia Kueter, fellowship donors Robert Buckman and Joyce Mollerup, Rebekah Herrman and Phyo Aung

Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, and Rebekah Herrman, Mathematics & Physics 2014, were both named as Lasallian Fellows at the Academic Convocation on Sept. 5.

Stephenie Allen, Biology 2014, and Zach Winters, Engineering 2014, were married in July.  Stephanie also was awarded a neuroscience fellowship and conducted research with Dr. Anand.

CBU’s Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national honor society, has again received Alpha Chi’s Star Chapter status for their activities and member recruitment during the 2012-13 academic year.  Congratulations!

Upcoming Events 9/13

On Thursday, September 26, Rebekah Herrman, Physics & Mathematics 2014, will present her summer research presentation at 12:30 in CW 320 as part of an MAA student group meeting. Rebekah did a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Oak Ridge National Laboratories on Quantum Computing, specifically Continuous Quantum Walks on graphs  with Travis Humble.

Science Trivia contest last year

Dr. Varriano, Professor of Physics, runs the Science Trivia contest last year.

On Thursday, October 3:  ”SCIENCE TRIVIA:  The Society of Physics Students (SPS) would like to invite ALL STUDENTS with an interest in SCIENCE and FUN to join us for an exciting evening of the Second Annual Science Trivia Competition on Thursday, October 3rd in Assisi Hall 005, 4:00-6:00 PM. SPS will be hosting a “Jeopardy-like” trivia night with topics including Biology, Math, Chemistry, Science History and (of course) Physics. PRIZES will be awarded (including an awesome trophy), and small refreshments will be served. Please feel free to either preassemble a team of three or just stop on by, and SPS will put you into a team! If there are any questions, feel free to contact Tiffany Corkran at tcorkran@cbu.edu.”

MHIRT group for 2013

MHIRT group for 2013

On Saturday, October 5, The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2013 projects will be held from 9:00 a.m.-noon, in Cooper Wilson 105. Students who participated in the 2013 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experiences in Brazil and Uganda. The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2014 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience. The presentation schedule is forthcoming.  If you plan to attend, RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at jhanebri@cbu.edu. To learn more, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt.

Dr. Melissa Hines, CBU alum, during the Mock Interviews last year

Dr. Melissa Hines, Biology 2006, during the Mock Interviews last year

On Thursday, October 24, Tri Beta will be hosting Mock Interviews.  This event will consist of interviews with physicians, optometrists, and other health care professionals related to your field of interest. These interviews are intended to help you prepare for future interviews that are needed to get into graduate programs we will all be pursuing in the future. With that being said, we will need an idea of what types of professionals in their respective fields we will need to get for the event, so please contact either of the Pre-health chair members Brent McGlaughlin at bmcglaug@cbu.edu or Ryan Tomlinson at rtomlins@cbu.edu with your preference (which health care profession).  You need to sign up now in order to participate.

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Here are the upcoming events from the Career Center at CBU:

Wednesday, September 18:  First Impressions Series  Image Is Everything: Professional Business Etiquette in St. Joseph Hall Room 10 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm, arrive at 5:45 for dinner (first 25 students receive a business card holder)

Thursday, September 19  Career Power Half Hour: “Career Expo 101″  Buckman 102, 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Tuesday, September 24  Career & Internship Expo  Sabbatini Lounge, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday, September 26  Graduate School Expo  Canale Arena, 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 1  Career Power Half Hour: Networking  St. Joseph Hall Room 10, 1:00 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, October 3  Pizza & Professionals with Northwestern Mutual  Buckman 102, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Thursday, October 3  Career Networking Social: Healthcare Professionals  Cooper-Wilson Lounge, 5:00-6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 8  Practice Test Drive (For GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT)  Buckman Hall 101, 102, 103, 222, 223, 224, 225 – 2:00-5:00 pm.  Deadline to register is October 2nd .

Alumni News 9/13

Larry AndersonBiology & Chemistry 2012, and Annie Ostrow were married August 3 in Piperton, TN.  They both are working on Ph.D.’s in Madison, Wisconsin.  Larry has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dr. Robert Appling, Biology 2003, was married to Jenny Stubbs in August.  Dr. Appling is a Podiatrist and practices in Southhaven.  He did a three year surgery residency after graduating from Podiatry school in 2009.  They currently live in Olive branch.

Dr. Janet Atkins, Natural Science 2006, Pharm.D. 2011 from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, is currently working at LeBonheur Germantown and was married to Manny Grillis on August 31st.

Dr. Tiffany Baldi Rabe, Biology 2002, M.D. from UTHSC 2007, and her husband, Derek Rabe, welcome their new bundle of joy, Juliette Quin Rabe, born 2:08 am on 7/21 at 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 inches!

Indrani Biswas, Biology 2008, has been accepted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

Samantha Bownes, Biology 2012, has been working as an Intern at Church Health Center and has just begun a Masters in Public Health at the Memphis of Memphis.

Dr. Justin Carmichael, Natural science 2007, D.C.  Logan U 2009, married Jessica Brooks in May 2013.  They are currently living in Grapeville TX.  Jessica graduates from dental hygiene in January. Justin and Jessica met during an internship Justin had at Baptist Memorial in Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and have been together since 2010.

Lauren D’Surney, Biomedical Science 2013, is now a Church Health Center Scholar! For more information about the CHC Scholar Program, please go to http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/chscholars

Joe Fong

Joe Fong at his white coat ceremony at the UT Medical School.

Joe Fong, Biology 2012, is now a medical student at the UT Medical School.

Dr. April Rebecca Glatt Salgle, Natural Science 2003 & Ph.D. Neuroscience UTHSC 2011, married Greg Salgle in 2012.  They eloped to Myrtle beach.  Dr. Salgale is currently teaching A & P at Pellissippi State Community College in Kodak TN.  Greg is an assistant manager at United Grocery Outlet..

Natalie Hart Guley, Biology 2008, and her husband, Patrick, celebrated the birth of their baby girl, Elowyn Michaela, on May 12, 2013.  Natalie is working on an M.D./Ph.D. at UTHSC.  She has finished her first two years of M.D. and just started her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Tony Reiner.

Dr. Whitney Heath Vickery, D.V.M., Biology 2008, who is in the military with her husband, completed veterinary school and they are now stationed in Japan in Misawa.

Dr. Oscar Herrera, Chemistry 2006, Pharm.D., has been named a Clinical Pharmacy Fellow at UTHSC.

Brent Holmes, Math & Physics 2013, was married to Catherine DelBove, Accounting 2013, on June 1.  Brent is pursuing a Ph.D. in Math at the University of Kansas.

Analice Hosey SowellChemistry 2002; Master of Arts in Teaching 2005, has been named new Chair of the Memphis University School (MUS) Science Department.  Here is a short piece from MUS on the appointment:  ”Before joining the faculty in 2007, she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics, and a master’s degree in teaching with certification in chemistry, both from Christian Brothers University. Sowell is a senior member of the American Chemical Society Committee on Community Activities and serves as chair of the organization’s Chemists Celebrate Earth Day outreach program, for which she helped write national science education curricula.  She has served on the advisory board for the education program at CBU and as an adjunct faculty member, teaching a graduate education course in Science Teaching Methods for pre-service 7th-12th grade science teachers. She also has worked with Teach for America providing training workshops and serving as a mentor for science teachers.  Sowell has been instrumental in several MUS safety efforts: ensuring that automated external defibrillators are available throughout the campus; teaching CPR courses to more than 30 faculty and staff members; and with her safety committee, creating a comprehensive emergency plan for the school and making sure a copy is accessible in each classroom.”

Lydia Hyatt, Biology 2013, moved to Denver in July and started work as a part time activities coordinator at New Dawn Memory Care, an assisted living home that specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. “Although I haven’t felt a particularly strong draw toward patient care in the past, I’ve found a new motivation to improve the lives of the residents at New Dawn. I know there isn’t much I can do for these patients other than be there with them, talk and listen to them, and do my job, but I’ve discovered an overwhelming drive to pursue a career in medical research and potentially improve/prevent similar cases in the future!”

Kelly Jeu

Kelly Jeu at her White Coat ceremony with fellow CBU alums Madeline Reynolds and Catherine Gluszek.

Kelly Jeu,  Biomedical Science 2012, has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Brian Kim, Biology 2007, graduated with his D.D.S. degree and is moving to Reedsport, Oregon.

Dr. Jordan Klein, Biology 2007, UTHSC PharmD 2012, and Jenna Cherry were married July 6, 2013.  They are currently living in Louisville, KY.

Meagan Lamica, Biology 2011, was married on August 31 to Matt Cross.  She is attending the Nursing School at Baptist College of Health Science.

Dr. Sana Mujahid with her advisors and parents.

Dr. Sana Mujahid with her advisors and parents.

Dr. Sana Mujahid, Biology 2007, defended her dissertation (“Regulation of lung development by miRNAs and Hox genes:”) from Tuffs and has accepted a post-doctoral position at Stanford University to begin the end of July.  See the picture of her with her advisers and parents.  She received the dean’s award and gave the convocation speech on behalf of her school at graduation.

Lauryn Murphy, Biology 2013, is now a Clinic Assistant at the Church Health Center.

Hanna Orendorff, Natural Science 2012, will marry Zach Orcutt, August 3, 2013.  She is currently working as a P.T. aide at Mercer Island PT.

Dana Pabalate, Biology 2012, currently at UTHSC in the Clinical Nurse Leader program, and Jacob Zimmerman announced their engagement.

Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, was named a 2013-2014 Church Health Scholar and is working at the Church Health Center.

Dr. Minoli Perera, Pharm.D.,Ph.D., Biology 1997 has a great paper published!  http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2013/20130604-warfarin.html .

Kristi Prevost with her finance, Arron Camp,

Kristi Prevost with her finance, Arron Camp

Kristi Prevost, Biology 2010, currently working at St Jude, is now engaged to Aaron Camp.  Kristi will be beginning Veterinary School at LSU this fall.

Dr. Dora Sellers , Natural Science 2007, graduated from UTHSC with her D.D.S. degree.

Maria Shiue, Natural Science 2008, has entered the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy.

Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry 2013, is a Research Intern in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  She is studying bitter compound receptors in the lungs and their potential to relax bronchoconstriction due to asthma.

Dr. Theresa Tran, Biology 1997 and UTHSC 2004, and her husband, James Fairbanks, welcome their bundle of joy, Cole Thai Fairbanks, born on August 30, 2013, at 8:07pm, weighing in at 6lb 8oz, and 19.5″ long.  They currently live in Boulder Colorado.

Featured Alum 9/13: Huong Tran

Huong Tran and Alicia Scarborough

Huong Tran (left) with classmate and fellow CBU alum Alicia Scarborough at their Nursing graduation.

It has been a little over two years since I have graduated from Christian Brothers University. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking across the outdoor graduation stage receiving my undergraduate degree in natural science. Now, two years later, I just graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with my Masters in Nursing. I plan on going back to school in fall of 2014 to get my Doctorate in Family Nurse Practioner to travel to third world countries to teach others basic health care practices.

With that being said, I couldn’t have been more blessed to have graduated from an undergraduate college focused on empowering their students to serve their community and beyond. Christian Brothers taught me to push myself further than what my set expectations were, but I couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support of the staff members there. To this day, I remember Dr. Merat, Ms. Miller, Dr. Eisen, Dr. Ogilvie, you and MANY more to name off that saw the potential in me that I hadn’t seen in myself before.

Ms. Miller, especially, is a significant person in my life still. When I was at CBU I had done work study for her. She saw how dedicated I was and how much I wanted to learn the ins and outs of science. She trusted me to come in on my own free time to mix solutions for freshman labs and she was kind enough to give me access to one of the labs on a weekend to study in a quiet environment. SHE is the reason why I am passionate to help others and see others succeed. I get that epiphany feeling when things click because you have that person who is willing to be patient and who is willing guide you through the steps. Maybe I can even continue Ms. Miller’s legacy at CBU and come back to influence others on a path of learning and service; the Lasallian path.

Featured Story: Student Success 2013

At CBU, we strive to give each and every student the best opportunity for success. Sometimes that means helping students get into professional or graduate school to further pursue their ambitions. Sometimes that means helping students determine a “Plan B” if their initial plan was not really suited to their talents and/or initial expectations. Other times, it means helping a student determine what are the possibilities out there that match up with their interests and talents.

Dominique Garcia-Robles, Chemistry 2011, and Stephanie Johnson, Biology 2009, at their white coat ceremony at the Southern College of Optometry.

Dominique Garcia-Robles, Chemistry 2011, and Stephanie Johnson, Biology 2009, at their white coat ceremony at the Southern College of Optometry.

In the last five years (classes of 2009 to 2013):

  • We had 27 of our graduates accepted into medical school (82%* acceptance rate)
  • We had 21 of our graduates accepted into pharmacy school (96% acceptance rate)
  • We had 12 of our graduates accepted into physical therapy school (92% acceptance rate)
  • We had 13 of our graduates accepted into nursing school (93% acceptance rate)
  • We had an additional 22 students accepted into various other health professional schools such as dentistry, veterinary, optometry, occupational therapy and chiropractic.
  • We also had 27 of our graduates accepted into graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) programs in the sciences (100% acceptance rate).

* In reviewing these percentages, please note that we do not pre-screen our applicants to the various professional or graduate schools as some institutions do. Some of our students were initially rejected but were accepted in a following year. If a student was accepted in one area and rejected in another, we only count the acceptance and not the rejection since we concentrate on student success.

For comparison purposes with medical school acceptances at UT, East Tennessee, U of Arkansas and nationwide (data for 2012, source is data from aamc):

  • UT-Memphis accepted 165 out of 1,629 applications (10% acceptance rate).
  • East Tennessee Quillen accepted 72 out of 1,929 applications (4% acceptance rate)
  • University of Arkansas accepted 166 out of 2,148 applications (8% acceptance rate).
  • nationwide, 19,517 are accepted out of 636,309 applicants with each person giving 14 applications on average for an overall acceptance rate per person of 43%.

For pharmacy schools, the average acceptance rate for 2012 was about 16% for each school (6.4 applications per acceptance), but since students often apply to more than one school, we obtained information a couple years ago that 50.2% of all PharmCAS applicants received at least one acceptance.

CBU’s Steps for Success

To get into competitive professional (e.g., medical, pharmacy, dental) schools, there are five things that are important:

1. Grades At CBU, most of our science courses have labs associated with them, and the instructor for the lecture is usually the instructor for the lab. Our professors have at least 10 office hours each week to help students both with their coursework and with advising for their career plans.

2. Entrance tests (e.g., MCAT, PCAT, DAT) The excellent courses supported by well equipped labs prepare our students for these tests. In addition, the CBU Career Center offers practice tests to try to help prepare our students.

3. Experience in the field At CBU, we provide our students with many opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field. Our student groups, particularly the Biology group, Beta Beta Beta, and the Chemistry group, Student Members of the American Chemical Society, provide opportunities to see and interact with institutions and people in the local health community. In the freshmen Principles of Biology courses, we have a discussion section that spends some time talking about what it takes to get into various fields. In the junior year we have a Junior Seminar course that brings researchers onto campus to talk about their research. All of our majors have a senior capstone research or internship course. This experience is viewed very positively by the various health professional schools.

4. Recommendations from your professors and the supervisors of your work in the field At CBU, you are encouraged to really get to know your professors. If you take advantage of this, the professors will be able to write very specific letters of recommendation for you.

5. Interviews As part of the admissions process for professional schools, students are required to attend an interview. At CBU, we help students prepare for this opportunity by holding mock interviews staffed by our alumni and other health professionals.

To help and guide you in your preparation for pursuing any of the health careers, we have a Pre-Professional Heath Director, Dr. Stan Eisen. He has a very extensive set of web pages on the various health careers and what it takes to get into these professional schools.

Featured Story: 2013 Summer Research

Summer research via fellowships, special awards, or paid internships:

Iman (Emi) Abutineh, Biochemistry 2015, received an Ophthalmology Research Fellowship from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to work in the Ophthalmology Department at the Hamilton Eye Institute with Dr. Eldon Geisert.  The title of her project was: “Effect of Blast Injury on Central Corneal Thickness”.

Stephanie Allen, Biology 2014, was awarded a neuroscience fellowship and conducted research with Dr. Sunny Anand, UTHSC Neurology and LeBonheur Pediatricss.  Her research title was: “Socio-economic Status and Cortisol Levels from Sequential Hair Samples as Posible Indicatators of Neurocognition Development and Learning in Early Childhood”.

Cale Baskin, Biology 2014, worked with Drs. Steve Charles and Eric Sigler of the Charles Retina Institute.  His research title was: “Spectral domain Optic Computer Tomography (OCT) of disk nerve fiber layer in myopes.”

Elton Banks, Biomedical Science 2014,  conducted his research in Brazil with the MHIRT program with Dr. Luis Britto, Department of Neuroscience, USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The title of his research was: “Analyzation of Expression Patterns of Hamartin and Tuberin in Animal Models with High Fat Diets”.

Anna Birg, Biochemistry 2014, received a University of Tennessee Health Science Center Summer Research Scholar award to work in the laboratory of Dr. Rennolds Ostrom in the Department of Pharmacology.  The title of Anna’s project was “Receptor Agonist Mediated Response of IL-6 and cAMP in Human Bronchial Smooth Muscle Cells”.

Kevin Pham and Kristin Davis in Junior Seminar last spring.

Kevin Pham and Kristin Davis in Junior Seminar last spring.

Kristin Davis, Biology 2014, worked with Dr. Marc Taub, Southern College of Optometry.  The title of her research was: “A Comparison of Letter vs. Continuous Text Contrast Sensitivity Testing”.

Jacob Foreman, Computer Science 2014,  Summer internship at FedEx Services. This was a group based internship. He worked on two projects that were technical in nature and required many different skill sets to complete. A project lead worked with the group to properly complete each project. The projects were presented to a board of directors.

Hope Gilbertson, Biology 2014, worked with Dr. Richard Gilbertson, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The title of her research was: “Preclinical Assessment of Gemcitabine as an Effective New Treatment of Ependymoma”.

Rebekah Herrman, Mathematics & Physics 2014  Quantum Computing, specifically Continuous Quantum Walks on graphs  with Travis Humble at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Russ Higgins, Biomedical Science 2014, worked with Dr. Jian Zuo, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The title of his research was: “High Throughput Screening for Protection of Hair Cells within the Organ of Corti Against Cisplatin Ototoxicity”.

Kaitlin Howle

Kaitlin Howle

Kaitlin Howle, Computer Science & ECE 2014, Summer internship at FedEx Services. She was part of the EIS (Executive Information Systems) team-based approach. She worked on two projects, where the main idea was to create a portal for accessing information between all of the operating companies within FedEx, and also to create a portal to provide unified communication for products like Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint. Her team won the “Most Creative” for the first project, and the “Customer Focus” for the second project.

Kevin Pham, Biology 2014, was awarded a neuroscience fellowship and worked with Dr. Kristen O’Connell, Dept of Physiology, UTHSC.  The title of his research was: “Observing Food Intake and Neural Circuitry”.

Brennan PowersComputer Science & ECE 2014,  Summer internship at FedEx as an Intern Programmer Analyst. He assisted in the development of IROADS, an intracompany web application.  He learned the fundamentals of large project organization, web development, and database management. He succeeded in having all of his work moved into the current production of IROADS, and was just recently rewarded with the opportunity to return to work with the same team beginning in October.

Feb Ex group

Todd Seabrook (on the left) with his FedEx group. Kaitlin Howle is the fourth from the left.

Todd Seabrook, Computer Science 2014,  Summer internship at FedEx Services. He developed a web portal for them that was needed by one of the Admins in Accounting. This system was designed using Java servlets and JSP’s that ran on a web logic server. The program he developed is currently running on their production servers and in use by the Admins.

Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah, Chemistry 2014, was awarded a 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship to work in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Webster in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

JD Wolfe with his MHIRT group in Brazil.  JD is in the center with the blue shirt.

JD Wolfe with his MHIRT group in Brazil. JD is in the center with the blue shirt.

J.D. Wolfe, Biology 2015, conducted his research with the MHRIT program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.   He worked on albinism and the genes that potentially are involved in the genetic alterations of these individuals.

Erika Yates, Biochemistry 2014, received a 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Erika worked in the laboratory of Dr. WenLin Sun in the Department of Pharmacology. The title of her project was: “Neurological Basis for Individual Differences in Punishment Sensitivity”.

More student summer research:


Danny Vu Cao, Biology 2015, worked with Dr. Alex Dopico, Dept of Phrmacology, UTHSC.

Yuan (Eva) Chen, Biochemistry 2014, completed a research internship in the laboratory of Dr. Xuan Zhao in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

Chelsea Clark, Biomedical Science 2014, worked with Dr. Pat Flynn, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Infectious Disease.

Lee Curbo, Biology 2014, worked with Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology at CBU.  The title of her research was: “Levels of Helminth Parasitism in Fecal Samples Collected from Three Memphis Area Dog Parks”.

Jessica Jameson, Biomedical Science 2014, worked with Dr. Lisa Jennings and Michael Herr, UTHSC.  The title of her research was: “Tetraspanin CD9 Works Through Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor to Augment Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Production and Secretion in HT1080 cells”.

Eric Joe, Biology 2014, worked with Dr. Kristin Hamre, Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UTHSC.  The title of his research was: “Is there a strain difference in mice that supports one being more anxious?  Is there a correlation between sleep and anxiety?”.

Kevin Liao, Biochemistry 2014, worked with Dr. Xiaohua Huang in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.  His project involved synthesis of gold coated nanoparticles.

Shannon McDonald, Biochemistry 2014, worked with Dr. Richard Smith in the Orthopedics Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  Her project involved monitoring the cellular response to particles on/in knee replacements.

Christine Nguyen, Biochemistry 2014, did research with Dr. Xiaohua Huang in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

Danny (Duy) Nguyen, Chemistry 2014, worked with Dr. Xiaohua Huang in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.  His project involved synthesis of Iron Oxide Nanospheres.

Chawan Rasheed, Biology 2015, worked with Dr. Monica Jablonski, Dept of Ophthalmology, Hamiton Eye Institute, UTHSC.

Melanie Saunders, Biochemistry 2014, worked with Dr. David Tipton in the College of Dentistry at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  Her project examined the effects of cranberry components on hepatocyte growth factor production by human Gingival fibroblasts in response to IL-1B and LPS.

Desire' Smith

Desire’ Smith

Desire’ Smith,  Ecology 2014, conducted two projects with Dr. James Moore, CBU, and in collaboration with Shane Hanlon, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Memphis. The first project is a confirmation of Chytrid fungus at the Edward J. Meeman Field Station using qPCR, and the second was detecting the occurrence of Chytrid at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.

Hema Sura, Biology 2014, worked with Dr. Bobby Myers, James Chiropractic Practice.  The title of her research was “Motor Vehicle Recovery via Chiropractic Techniques”.

Esha Thakore,  Biochemistry 2014, completed a research internship in the laboratory of Dr. Alex Dopico in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Natalie Wright, Biochemistry 2014, did research with Dr. Xiaohua Huang in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis.

 

Math Center Tutors 9/13

The Math Center is a very popular place where students can get free one-on-one tutoring in math. It is also a place to do your math homework by yourself or in a study group with others in the center. Here are profiles of two of the tutors.

Elizah Brown, Math Tutor

Elijah Brown, Math Tutor

Elijah Brown is a freshman who offered his talents as a tutor in the CBU Math Center.  He graduated from First Assembly Christian School and received AP credit in Calculus I.  He is currently enrolled in Calculus II and is pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering.  When asked why he wanted to become a math tutor he said “I like to help others and I like explaining and doing math problems.”

Htet Cho Oo, Math Tutor

Htet Cho Oo, Math Tutor

Htet Cho Oo is a junior from Myanmar, Southeast Asia. He is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, with a Mathematics minor. He tutors every Math course up to Probability, everything in Computer Science, everything in Physics and Chemistry 115. He has a very pleasing personality and will try to tutor anyone until they understand a topic.   Even if he is in the center and not on duty he cheerfully helps students when time will permit. Htet Cho is also active in the school of Engineering and tutors some Electrical Engineering courses.  He likes technology related topics.  He says that if you are interested in technology, he’d be interested in getting to know you!

Thank You Note to Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology

Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:23 AM

To: Anna Ross

Subject: Anatomy of the human heart resource

Dr. Ross, I wanted to write and thank you for your great page
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~aross/APII/Heart-Lab.htm  ) …what a great collection of resources on the human heart! As a nurse I have been passing your page along to some of my hospital interns and fellow nurses. But it was actually my daughter Sarah who found your page. She is going into the third grade this year and someday wants to be a doctor.

Thanks and have a great day.

Mia [Hill]

Featured Major: Biochemistry 9/13

The Biochemistry degree program is now 5 years old; and 13 students have graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. These students have gone on to a wide range of career choices, including medical school, pharmacy school, and biomedical research.

Pictured from left to right, Thomas Summers, Colton Terhune, Kim Ngo, Jimmy Nguyen, Karina Chavez, Shesha, Shah, Takeva Hicks, and Emi Abutineh are shown performing a column chromatography experiment in the Biochemistry I Laboratory course.

Pictured from left to right, Thomas Summers, Colton Terhune, Kim Ngo, Jimmy Nguyen, Karina Chavez, Shesha, Shah, Takeva Hicks, and Emi Abutineh are shown performing a column chromatography experiment in the Biochemistry I Laboratory course.

The Biochemistry degree is designed to provide a strong preparation for both the workplace and professional schools, including pharmacy, medical and dental schools. The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of a wide range of skills at the molecular level that are needed in medical and biochemical research laboratories. For this reason the major places a heavy emphasis on requiring laboratory courses to accompany most of the lecture courses needed for completion of the degree. Of the 15 required biology and chemistry lecture courses in the program, 14 have companion laboratory courses.

Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry, 2013, and Jessica Green,  Biochemistry 2013, are pictured above in the lobby of the Curris Center at Murray State University after presenting their research at the 36th Annual SMACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting.   Riley Pace received a Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) fellowship to perform his research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Alecia Stewart received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to perform research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Jessica Green performed her research in the Department of Chemistry at CBU.

Stephen (Riley) Pace, Chemistry 2013, Alecia Stewart, Biochemistry, 2013, and Jessica Green, Biochemistry 2013, are pictured above in the lobby of the Curris Center at Murray State University after presenting their research at the 36th Annual SMACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting. Riley Pace received a Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) fellowship to perform his research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Alecia Stewart received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to perform research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Jessica Green performed her research in the Department of Chemistry at CBU.

Research is an important component of the B.S. Biochemistry degree program. In recognition of this fact, we now have a 4 semester sequence of Research Seminar courses, including CHEM 330 Research Seminar I, CHEM 331 Research Seminar II, CHEM 428 Research Seminar III, and CHEM 429 Research Seminar IV. An important component of the research program is the development of effective communication skills. Students are required to present the results of their work in a variety of formats, including: (a) a poster at the University Poster session in April; (b) oral presentations at a SMACS Area Collegiate Meeting and at the Annual Department of Chemistry Research Conference; and (c) a written senior thesis in the style of a major scientific journal.