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Student Spotlights

  • Sam Schepers

    Hometown: Adel, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Spanish
    Next Steps: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Kara Rueschenberg

    Hometown: Harlan, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Spanish
    Next Steps: Doctor of Medicine at Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa

  • Alejandro Medina Valencia

    Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Next Steps: PhD in Ecology at Penn State

  • Gabby Dubansky

    Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Next Steps:  Iowa State Graduate Program in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

  • Hailey Christoph

    Hometown: Wauconda, IL
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Microbiology
    Next Steps: Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines

  • Sam Anderson

    Hometown: Walker, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Genetics
    Next Steps: Northwestern University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

  • Anna Garbe

    Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Major: Biology
    Next Steps: Medical school at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

  • Talia Sylvester

    Hometown: Rogers, MN
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Psychology

    Next Steps: Medical University of South Carolina, pursing Physician Assistant school

  • Laura S. Pesquera Colom

    Hometown: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
    Major: Biology
    Minor: Spanish

    Next Steps: Recently, I received my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Next, residency in the field of Periodontology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

  • Shandra Truong

    Hometown: Des Moines, IA
    Major: Biology 

    Next Steps: I hope to incorporate my passion for teaching into my career and become a clinician-educator devoted to lifelong learning and compassionate patient care.

  • Zach Steinmetz

    Hometown: Fishers, Indiana
    Major: Genetics

    Next Steps: I will be attending the University of Iowa College of Public Health to attain an MS in Biostatistics. After that, I hope to become a data analyst in some kind of health-related field. 

  • Inga Baldus

    Hometown: Oregon, Wisconsin
    Major: Genetics
    Minor: Spanish

    Next Steps:  I will be attending Indiana University School of Optometry in the fall of 2024. I am expected to graduate in the spring of 2028.