We congratulate the following students who graduated in 2020 with majors in BMB. We are proud of all you have accomplished here at Gettysburg College and all you will accomplish in the future.
Meaghan Adler graduated with a double major in BMB and Anthropology, having studied abroad for a semester in China. In addition to academics, Meaghan worked as a Student Office Assistant in the Women’s and LBGTQIA Resource Center and played with the women’s softball team in the 2017-18 year. She worked as a Journeyman Researcher in the Biotechnology Branch of the Army Research Laboratories until August 2022 when she began a graduate program in Chemical Engineering with a focus in Synthetic Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Melanie Hempel graduated magna cum laude with a BMB major, having studied abroad for a semester in Italy. She was active in Professor Funk’s lab and worked for the Chemistry Department as a PLA and TA. In addition to academics, Melanie played with the Ultimate Frisbee team and on the women’s softball team in the 2016-17 year. She also volunteered at Painted Turtle Farm and Big Brothers & Big Sisters. She is continuing her studies in Biochemistry in the at Virginia Tech, Ph.D. program.
Rebecca Moore graduated cum laude with a BMB major and a minor in Neuroscience. She worked for the Biology Department and as a TA for the Chemistry Department, receiving the Organic Chemistry Lab Assistant Award in 2020. She volunteered with the Campus Kitchen and was a member of the Gettysburg College dance ensemble,Sigma Sigma Sigma and the DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. Rebecca spent the summer of 2019 working as a researcher at Janssen. Rebecca is currently employed as a Senior Associate Scientist at WuXi Biologics.
Alexander Paredes graduated cum laude with a BMB major and a minor in Spanish. He worked for the Chemistry Department as a TA, receiving the General Chemistry Lab Assistant Award in 2020. He also held student employment with several other departments including the Center for Public Service, the Center for Career Development, Financial Services and the Office of Multicultural Engagement.
In addition, Alexander volunteered with eRace and played badminton, a College club sport. Alexander received the John M. Colestock Student Leadership Award, Karl Mattson Service Award, and the Silent Leader Award, all in his senior year. Alexander is currently enrolled in a PhD program.
Charles Quinn graduated with a BMB (BS) major and a minor in music. He was active in Professor Lipsett’s lab. In addition to academics, Charles volunteered with eRace and participated in Tae Kwon Do, a College club sport.
Erin Schroeder graduated summa cum laude with a BMB (BS) major. She was a member of Professor Shariat’s 2017 CRISPR Lab. Erin worked for the Biology Department as a PLA. She also served as the program coordinator for Campus Kitchens Project and on the Honor Commission. She played with the Women’s Golf Team and volunteered with El Centro, eRace, Food Land People and Respective Solutions. She is continuing her studies in the PhD program at Duke University.
Hannah Sheffer graduated with a BMB (BS) major, having studied abroad for a semester in India. In addition to academics, Hannah volunteered with El Centro and participated with the College Equestrian team. She Served as a PLA for the Chemistry Department. During the pandemic in her senior year, Hannah worked as a nursing assistant at UPMC Hanover Hospital. She attended nursing school at Salisbury University with plans to become a nurse practitioner working in fertility/reproductive technologies.
Peter Smith graduated with a BMB (BS) major. In addition to academics, Peter played soccer in 2016-17, was a member of Alpha Chi Rho and volunteered with El Centro and Respective Solutions. After graduation, he worked as a lab technician for Benjamin Moore & Co and for Givaudan. He is also enrolled in the University of Virginia M.S. in Commerce program.
Jon Trilleras completed his degree requirements as a BMB major at Gettysburg College in 2020 and continued his education in a 4-2 engineering program at Washington University, St. Louis, graduating in 2022. At Gettysburg College, Jon played rugby, was among the first cohort of STEM Scholars, studied abroad for a semester in Denmark and served as a TA for the Chemistry Department. He also held student employment with the Admissions Department and Campus Recreation.
Marana Tso graduated magna cum laude with a BMB (BS) major and a music minor. In addition to academics, she volunteered with eRace and participated in DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship and Swing! Club. She held student employment with the Sunderman Conservatory and with the Chemistry Department as a TA. She is working toward her PhD at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences under their Emerging Infectious Diseases Program.
Katie Watson graduated with a BMB (BS) major, having studied abroad for semesters in France and Ghana. She was active in Professor James’ lab. In addition to academics, Katie volunteered with Big Brothers & Big Sisters and VIDA Youth Tutoring. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Katie graduated from the University of Vermont’s Biomedical Sciences master’s program and is employed as a Medical Assistant by the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Claire Woodward graduated summa cum laude with a BMB (BS) major and a minor in German. She was active in Professor Shariat’s 2017 CRISPER Lab. Claire received the Fortenbaugh Memorial Prize in German Studies and the 2020 Stock Writing Prize – Sciences. In addition to academics, Claire volunteered with eRace, Campus Kitchen, Respective Solutions and the Refugee Action Committee. She held student employment with the German Department, Career Engagement and as a TA with the Chemistry Department. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, Disciplemakers Christian Fellowship and Swing! Club. Claire is working toward her PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania.