Recent Graduates

Recent Graduates

Here's what recent Siena grads are doing now

Kathleen Ackert
Kathleen Ackert

I'll be attending medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I plan to pursue a career in medicine and public health I hope to work with the aging community, take service trips to developing countries, and ultimately end up in a primary care specialty. At Siena, I valued my relationships with my professors and how I learned how to learn. I am more confident as a student, always eager to learn, and feel well-prepared for medical school.

Renita Alexander
Renita Alexander

I will be attending medical school at Albany Medical College in the fall. I hope to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery or cardiology. At Siena, I valued how much I was able to grow as a student and the breadth of information I was given as part of the Biology Major required courses. I think the the biology program has prepared me for my next steps in life because it taught me to think critically, and analyze what I do, which are skills that are applicable to everyday life. I also think the close relationships I have fostered with professors here have helped me and will continue to help me in the days ahead.

Valerie Zeffiro
Valerie Zeffiro

I'll be attending PA (Physician Assistant) school at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, beginning this August. I anticipate graduating with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree, sitting for the national board certifying exam, and practicing as a PA. I also aim to teach. At Siena, I valued the small class sizes and rigorous curriculum the most. This combination provided for a setting in which one got to know their professors and was pushed to the fullest, which makes for an easier transition to graduate school and creates a comforting, yet challenging environment. The rigorous curriculum taught me how to study, seek out help, and apply what I'm learning to real-life scenarios.

Waqqas Tai
Waqqas Tai

I will be attending New York Institute of Technology-college of osteopathic medicine for a medical degree. I plan to pursue a career in trauma surgery. Siena helped prepare me for the next step due to the volume of material we are required to learn as well as the difficult exams.

Meghan Davis
Meghan Davis

I will be starting a Masters of Forensic Science at Pace University. At Siena, I valued the small class sizes as they made it possible to get the most out of every class. The hands on lab experience at Siena has provided me basic knowledge of laboratory techniches and has prepared me to continue my studies in a graduate program.


Morgan Willey
Morgan Willey

I'll be attending The Belanger School of Nursing at Ellis Hospital in the fall. I plan to get my R.N. and then go on to become a Nurse Practitioner. I really enjoyed all of the hands on aspects of the classes, whether it be in lab or in the classroom. I also enjoyed that there were a variety of classes to choose from, so you were able to pick which was of interest to you. Siena definitely gave me an idea of what I liked and disliked. It was also challenging so I am more prepared for what is to come!

Karissa Leong
Karissa Leong

I will be attending Albany Medical College through the 8 year Siena/AMC Program. I would like to become a physician but I am unsure what field I would like to enter at this time. My favorite thing about the Biology Department at Siena was definitely the professors. I always got the feeling that my professors genuinely cared about me as a student, and that they wanted me to succeed. I have always appreciated how personable the Bio professors at Siena are. I feel that I have developed good relationships with the professors in the Biology Department. The biology curriculum at Siena was far more challenging than I expected it to be. I was consistently pushed to do my very best work. I was able to develop time management skills and better study habits in order to keep up and do well. I know that my background in Biology, as well as the study habits that I have learned will help me succeed in med school.

Elizabeth Rogan
Elizabeth Rogan

I'll be attending a Physician's assistant program at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. At Siena, I liked that the professors were always available and willing to help students.  I have been challenged to do my best work all four years in the program and I learned to not only take responsibility to learn from my mistakes, but to be proud of my accomplishments and use them as tools to acquire more knowledge

Kristy Wilkinson
Kristy Wilkinson

I will be attending Albany Medical College in August. At Siena, I valued the caring nature of professors and quality of instruction.  Lectures were challenging and encouraged critical thought.

Ryan Sorkin
Ryan Sorkin

I will be  attending  SUNY upstate medical school. At Siena, I learned so much and it got me into my dream medical school.

April Alfieri
April Alfieri

I'll be attending RPI, working on getting my PhD. I hope to be a college professor with my own lab. At Siena, I valued the critical thinking skills I developed, as well as the techniques and practical skills I learned (such as lab techniques, how to read and write scientific papers, problem solving, etc.).  I feel like I've learned a lot and have a solid foundation for my PhD work. I feel confident in my background in many fields of biology, not just one discipline.

Nelson Rivera
Nelson Rivera

I have an internship with the marine smithsonian in Fort Pierce, Florida, working in chemical ecology and characterizing the chemicals sea animals use to communicate with one another. I want to attend graduate school to obtain my PhD in marine chemical ecology. At Siena, I valued the fact that professors genuinely care about their students and want them to succeed. As biology professors, I feel like it is part of your duties to foster the next generation of aspiring future scientists and doctors - what's the point of gaining knowledge and not passing it on. To this end, I whole heartedly believe the biology department accomplished this goal. Also, the flexibility and respect one receives as a student is important because one does not feel below a professor and that makes the learning environment more comfortable since professors are viewed almost as equals and not like another student-professor relationship. I feel prepared because of the skills I have obtained while progressing through the biology program - prior to coming into the biology program I was more about memorizing facts rather than understanding bigger concepts and how they connect to one another. Now I cannot memorize for the life of me and am more focused on learning concepts and tying them together even between classes when possible - this is a huge advantage as I have more patience and can sit and self teach myself concepts rather than just facts.

Maggie McDonough
Maggie McDonough

I will be attending Albany Medical College. At Siena, I really like the relationships I was able to form with my teachers. They were extremely helpful during office hours. I believe that our program prepares us well for Med School.

Jennifer Roche
Jennifer Roche

I will be attending medical school at Albany Medical College this fall.

Shaine Babjeck
Shaine Babjeck

I will be starting a Master's program in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall. I would like to pursue a career in the medical field or a research position focused on Immunology and possibly different immunodeficiencies and disorders. At Siena, I valued the small classes and the ability to really connect with your classmates as well as professors. It makes you actually want to learn, as opposed to being shoved in s giant lecture hall with 100 students. I wouldn't change anything about my experience as a Siena College biology major. It taught my the skills needed to study and prepare for tests. It taught my valuable lab skills I will use throughout my life. It gave me the drive to better myself and the desire to learn.

Michael Kruczlnicki
Michael Kruczlnicki

I will be working for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a Biotech Productions Specialist. I hope to attend a graduate program of some kind in the near future, but I hope to take this time to work and figure out exactly what I'd like to do.  I feel as though I have gained a strong foundation in a wide variety of disciplines that will help me function above averagely in the workplace and will also ultimately help me achieve my goals.

Tori Mattick
Tori Mattick

I'll be attending medical school at Albany Medical College in the fall. I plan to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. At Siena, I enjoyed that lecture classes and labs were relatively small. It made it easy to have close relationships with professors and get individual help if needed. Siena taught me the value of holistic medicine and service. I wouldn't have gotten to experience first hand the humanitarian aspect of medicine if I didn't attend Siena.

Francesco Biolzi
Francesco Biolzi

I'll be attending medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am currently thinking about pursing a career as a cardiologist but am also interested in other field of medicine. I also accepted a military scholarship through the U.S. Army to pay for my medical school, so I hope to provide a high level of care for our troops. I had an excellent experience with the Siena Biology Department. I feel well prepared to begin medical school thanks to the variety of courses offered through our department. The most valuable part of my experience as a Siena Biology major was the quality of education. Each instructor in the biology department is extremely well-versed in the course material which made it easy to have an appreciation for what you were learning. In addition, getting to know many of the professors made the experience gratifying. Each of the faculty are approachable, helpful and encouraging. I feel well prepared to begin medical school. While at Siena, I was exposed to a variety of topics in biology, which has given me a strong foundation. I also learned how to have a professional relationship with my professors. I am thankful for the biology program.

Jamie Horrigan
Jamie Horrigan

I will be starting at Albany Medical College. I really thought the professors were wonderful and genuinely cared about the students.

Esther Singh
Esther Singh

I am working with Taconic Biosciences. I hope to receive my PhD in Biology.

Elizabeth Farah
Elizabeth Farah

I am taking a gap year to take more courses and complete a service program at Brown University. During that time I am applying to a Family Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwifery program. I hope to complete the Nurse Practitioner program in three years and then go abroad with a nonprofit that send healthcare professionals overseas (ie. Doctors Without Borders). I hope to someday have my own women's clinic. I value the relationships that I have made with some of the Biology professors. I felt that they supported me through these four years and always genuinely cared about me. I think these relationships is one if the things that made me stay a Bio major. The Biology major gives you a taste of everything. I like how I had to take different classes and I got to learn about topics I did not know existed. Overall, I like the variety of science fields students are exposed to. Overall I think the Biology program gives students a through foundation that is necessary for any field.

Shane Cronin
Shane Cronin

Next year I will be teaching in a high needs school district at the secondary level. Longer term, I plan to pursue my doctorate and become a professor. Furthermore, I hope to make a major discovery in the field of biology that will change the world for the better. At Siena, I valued the content that I learned and the connections that I made with my professors. I feel that it did prepare me for my long-term goals by giving me a strong foundation for the principles of biology.

Department Chair

James Angstadt

James D. Angstadt

Professor of Biology

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