Being a student at Chicago State University has been a wonderful experience and the
start for many great opportunities to come. I came to the university as a transfer
student looking for an affordable and quality education and it is exactly what I found.
My professors have always made themselves available to me whether it is during office
hours, phone or email which is very convenient since I do commute to campus from home
and hold a part-time job. In addition, many of my instructors serve as mentors to
me and are very supportive of my career goals. I am grateful especially for the biology
department which is very resourceful and exceptional when it comes to providing and
informing students about research and learning opportunities.
I have also had many learning opportunities outside the classroom by taking part in
extracurricular activities. I am current President of the Pre-Pharmacy Club and Sigma
Lambda Gamma Sorority, as well an active member of the Organization of Latin American
Students (OLAS). By being involved in these organizations, I got the opportunity
to participate in the Student Engagement Project at the CSU College of Pharmacy, attend
national conferences such as USHLI and HACU, and help organize cultural events on
campus. I am always happy to share my experiences with my family and was recently
even able to convince my parent to be environmentally conscious thanks to the knowledge
I gained in Ecology and other biology courses! I am truly satisfied with the many
ways CSU has helped me grow.
Chicago State was a welcoming university with faculty members dedicated to my personal
and professional success. As a returning student, I was coming into the university
with a drive to complete my degree, yet wasn't sure about where I would go in terms
of a career. The purposeful programs at CSU were astonishing in terms of how they
were not just going to allow students to waiver in professional uncertainty. I participated
in programs such as Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, T.I.LT., MBRS,
and the CSU Minority Internship Program.
I was mentored essentially by all the faculty members within the Biological Sciences
department and began to understand the value of academic culture. I began to accept
my gift for STEM fields and took advantage of all opportunities which would make me
a more competitive and employable scientist. As an undergraduate I wrote a grant for
our award winning prairie, something an undergraduate had never done before. What
was interesting about that experience is that not one individual doubted my abilities
to do this nor did any faculty, or staff impede the process. It was obvious that the
CSU family wants their students to exceed the standards and not just meet them.
As a current doctoral student I am proud to say I am a CSU alumna. Often, people are
confused as to how I was able to skip a Masters program and go straight into a PhD
program. I tell them CSU ensured my abilities through allowing me to build a professional
CV while pursuing a degree. My course work, coupled with internships and research,
only strengthened my abilities to competitively apply for graduate programs. Furthermore,
I was trained so well that I had more experience writing, and presenting by the time
I completed my B.S than some applicants with Masters degrees.
Imagine being flooded with requests for your graduate application. That was how my
final two semesters were at CSU. Because of my own diligence, supported by the faculty,
I can certainly say this institution graduates leaders. I am forever indebted to those
who mentored me and helped me develop into the professional I am today. These connections
still have their perks, as I always enjoy coming back to CSU to remind current undergraduates
that CSU is what you make it. If you invest in the institution as an undergraduate,
it will pay you back in the most unexpected ways.
Looking back on my experience at Chicago State University I find myself reminiscing
on many fond and positive experiences. The curriculum was straightforward and we had
a variety of classes to chose from. Professors were always willing to help and were
available for one-on-one tutoring. I never felt like another number to my professors.
Classes at CSU provided me with a wide variety of skills, starting with how to properly
read a journal paper. I still use that skill to quickly scan journal articles and
extract exactly what I need. I don't find myself confused or overwhelmed with minute
details. More importantly, CSU taught me how to be a critical thinker. Between the
Biostats class and the Molecular Biology class I really had to dig deep and use neurons
that were never activated before. These classes were not about regurgitating facts,
but instead we had to learn the facts and apply "logical thinking". These classes
were structured in such a way that critical thinking was encouraged and expected.
Professionally this skill is invaluable. I often look at work problems, apply the
facts and begin the process of logical thinking. Usually, I can come up with at least
3 solutions to any pending problem and I can narrow it down to the best solution.
Personally, CSU is still a part of my life. I am still in contact with my former advisor,
Dr. Andrew Maselli. He is genuinely invested in the progress and success of his students
and I was extremely lucky that he pushed me to finish my degree. He taught me to always
take a second look at my work and, if possible, make it better. After CSU, I found
that passionate and considerate professors are like "looking for a needle in the haystack".
I can now look back and say he was one of the best professors. Furthermore, I still
keep in touch with colleagues from CSU, some are still part of my life and have been
there for major milestones in my life (i.e. wedding, babyshower, etc). Overall, my
experience at CSU has made an impact on my life both professionally and personally,
I often look back with fondness at the work and the friendships I made during my time
As a student with a bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, I
wasnot sure whether I wanted to pursue a career in medicine (MD) or in scientific
research (PhD). Fortunately, CSU offered a master’s program that allowed me to learn
firsthand the research skills necessary for a successful career in scientific research,which
set me on the path to pursue my PhD. As a master’s student, the individual attention
from professors in a classroom setting, as well as in the laboratory, provided me
a unique opportunity to learn the rewarding benefits of scientific research. The invaluable
opportunities offered by CSU further provided me with the tools necessary to enter
Northwestern University and begin my position as a PhD student. Today, I hold a PhD
fromNorthwestern University. My scientific career up to this point has involved research
projects at CSU and Northwestern that have resulted in several publications in notable
journals. I have found scientific research truly rewarding. I’m currently working
as a post-doctoralfellow at Lund University, Sweden on the prion-like mechanisms of
I am a 2003 graduate of Chicago State University. Chicago State University was just
the right fit for me. I enjoyed the luxury of small class sizes, and the individualized
attention from the professors. I relished the challenge of the curriculum, and in
2003 earned a Bachelor degree in Science majoring in environmental biology with a
minor in chemistry. I found that my time at Chicago State sufficiently prepared me
to take the PCAT; scoring above average, I was accepted to the first pharmacy school
I applied to. I now hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and have been an Osco pharmacist
for five years. I am proud to be a graduate of Chicago State University, and urge
others to take the challenge.
I am a 2000 graduate at Chicago State University. I applied to CSU because they had
the best curriculum. It wasdifficult finding an environmental and technical program.
In addition, CSU wasa military-friendly university (before the term became popular),
professors were willing to help me when I had to leave for military purposes. The
classschedule allowed me to continue to work and attend classes full-time and part-time
as needed. One of my favorite stories that I like to share with others is how I needed
one class to graduate but no one registered for the class. Dr. Bellwent out his way
to make it happen. The only catch was that I couldn’t rely on others to answer any
My education has helped me in numerous ways, both in my professional career and in
my personal life. I have developed my skills to obtain several promotions within my
employment. In addition, I have earned my Masters in Environmental Management, and,
due my CSU training, I had already acquired much of the necessary knowledge, as well
as the prerequisites I needed.
The education and experience that I received from the Chicago State University Biology
Department was invaluable and set the foundation for my career as a Wildlife Biologist
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The various classes that I took in
the department provided the knowledge that I would need to understand biological concepts
when I started working for the USFWS. Classroom activities were not the only valuable
experiences that helped provide the foundation for my career, the numerous field activities
and field trips that I participated in with Dr. Peters and Dr. Bell helped build that
foundation as well. Who would know 13 years ago that I would be going back to some
of those same locations as a part of my job, and in some cases to protect those areas?
The guidance provided by Dr. Peters started from the first classes that I had with
him, and continued through to my graduation with a Masters Degree in 1999. There were
hard times when I first started in the Masters program, but the guidance provided
by Dr. Peters and other professors helped me overcome those hurdles. Their guidance,
and my hard work, led to me being awarded the Graduate Division Award in 1998 and
1999, successfully defending my thesis, and graduating from the program.
The Biology Department provided me with the basic tools to obtain an internship with
the USFWS, which quickly lead to a full-time position. Future students would be well
served by the professors and staff in the Biology Department in meeting their needs
to grow as professionals