From Dutchman to doctor, Bender found himself in Missouri working two jobs after earning his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Ohio University; one at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Hospital and the other at the University of Missouri. Both institutions enabled him to use the passion for research that he had first gained at LVC, but at the University of Missouri, he tackled an entirely different challenge: teaching.
Recent biology graduates have pursued careers as scientists for such companies as Pfizer, DuPont, The Hershey Company, Merck, and Upjohn. Others have gone on to work for the government at the NIH, FDA, EPA, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Smithsonian.
Many have also attended prestigious medical, veterinary, and dental schools, as well as master’s and Ph.D. programs throughout the country. In the past three years, biology graduates have enrolled in programs at West Virginia Medical School, East Carolina University, Temple University, Drexel University, Indian University, Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine, Sarah Lawrence College, The Commonwealth Medical College, University of Maryland, and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others.
Laura Davidson ’98 grew up in Harrisburg and, ironically, chose LVC because it was close to home—but it didn’t take long for the biology major to discover an interest in world travel.
It wasn’t always clear to Boltz that optometry would be her chosen field. Originally an elementary education major at LVC, Boltz changed her major to biology in her sophomore year.