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Alex Shaikoski ‘17, Biology

Alex Shaikoski says that science has always been part of his household. His mom is a high school biology teacher, and Alex says that his family asks questions related to science around the dinner table and values the scientific process. Because of this, he believes that science is “part of who I am”. Alex has […]

Alyssa Welle ‘19, Biochemistry

From a very young age, Alyssa Welle was a self-proclaimed math and science fanatic, constantly wanting to dig deeper into a world of possibility. She recalls sitting in the bathtub, pondering the existence and meaning of negative numbers. As she continued her education,  she found that it was her AP Biology class in tenth grade […]

James Santiago ‘20, Nursing

James Santiago has liked questioning things his whole life. He’s fascinated by seeing chemical reactions and observing the similarities and differences between different organisms on Earth. His interest in pursuing science was “awakened” in high school, when he took a research course focusing on cures for diseases. This course helped him realize that was what […]

Zach Croonquist ’19, Psychological Science

Zach Croonquist first developed an interest in science because of his first grade teacher, who made science fun and exciting. He says that “in first grade, I was learning more about science than I did in fourth and fifth grade, because she loved science so much”, and that she planted the seed within Zach to […]

Kylee Brimsek ’20, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Science has always come easily to Kylee Brimsek. She’s enjoyed her science classes, especially her chemistry classes, since elementary school. Kylee is interested in going into the healthcare field, and says that “science is a huge part of that”. She hopes to go to medical school and become an anesthesiologist, in part because when she […]

Katie Mattinen ’20, Biology

Katie Mattinen is fascinated by how things work. She says that she’s most fascinated with the technical details of science, which has contributed to her interest in neuroscience. Neuroscience, to Katie, is a way to learn what “exact chemicals and neurotransmitters are making people do things”. She is currently on the Pre-Med track at Gustavus, […]

Joel Malwitz ‘17, Biology

Joel Malwitz has enjoyed science since his first science class. He says that he loved his teachers and they seemed to take a liking to him, and his interest in exploring the natural world made him well suited for science. Joel hopes to become a doctor, and be either a pediatrician or a family practice […]

Carly Miller ’20, Biochemistry

Carly Miller is a first-year biochemistry student at Gustavus. She is involved in many different organizations and activities on campus, including as a coordinator for Big Partner Little Partner. She is also a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or ELCA. As Carly pursues her scientific vocation, her faith supports and informs her […]

Rachel Belvedere ’20, Environmental Studies

Environmental science has been part of Rachel Belvedere’s life since long before college. When she was growing up, her parents instilled in her the need to “be conscious of the environment” through recycling and other household actions. Additionally, her environmental conscientiousness has been influenced by her brother, who is currently studying geology and environmental studies […]

Hayley Lhotka ‘19, Chemistry

Hayley Lhotka sees science as learning about how the world was made and how intricate everything is. She firmly believes that “everything made is God’s creation”, and she sees the world as magnificent and working together perfectly. Hayley is incredibly interested in understanding how the world works through science. She hopes to go to graduate […]