Skip is in his second year of dental school at the University of Michigan, where he decided to “pursue the ’research pathway’ within our curriculum,” he wrote, “where students get the opportunity to complete an independent research project in one of the dental school labs. I joined the school’s main microbiology lab and am currently writing up my proposal for a research project concerning the role that certain pathogenic oral microbes may play in the development and progression of oral squamous cell carcinoma. I performed and presented a literature review of the same subject for my master’s thesis in the department of molecular and integrative physiology at UofM, so it is nice to keep that work going.” During his K days, Skip was involved in a research collaboration with Professor Emeritus of Biology Paul Sotherland and alumnus Ed Dzialowski ’93 in the latter’s laboratory at the University of North Texas. Skip wrote to Paul, “I must say that the experience that you and Ed provided me–including travel to UNT to be a part of the awesome endothermy project–gave me the itch to pursue research further in the master’s program and in dental school. It was a pretty special feeling to be able to leave a small stamp on the science world.”
Will is working on his master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also works as a graduate research assistant at the university.
Allison reports that after living and working in Washington, D.C. during the summer, she’s started her second year at University of Richmond (Va.) School of Law. During the summer she worked for U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.), helping his legislative staff work on health, education, labor and foreign policy issues. “This is where the liberal arts degree comes in handy!” she said. During the academic year she writes articles for the law school’s communication department, and she works in the library. She has also joined the Public Interest Law Review.