FSC Biology Alumni Stories and Highlights

Stephanie M. Davis, Ph.D., Class of 2012

Interview in BioBuzz as the Program Officer, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

"My interest in the intersection between policy, scientific research, and economic development started when I was an undergraduate student at Florida Southern College. Although I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, I also minored in economics due to my interest in economic policy. My interest in public service was also fostered by my participation in the Florida Southern Student Government Association. After graduating, I enrolled in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at the University of South Florida, where I majored in Molecular Pharmacology. My doctoral dissertation focused on the identification of new antioxidant-inducing drugs for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Outside of the lab, I also had the opportunity to build up my leadership service by leading the USF Association of Medical Science Graduate Students (AMSGS)."

Brent Willobee

Surgical Resident

University of Miami

"Michigan Native and 2012 FSC Alum, Brent Willobee is currently an M.D. candidate at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in D.C. Inspired by 'House' and the love for science and medicine, Brent worked hard during his years at FSC to make it into one of America's top medical schools."

Here is what Will said about his FSC experience:

"The courses I took at FSC were appropriately challenging to prepare me to succeed in medical school, but that’s something you can find almost anywhere. I thought FSC particularly excelled in providing me with the kind of one-on-one time with faculty members / mentors, which is impossible at larger schools."

Brent Willobee graduated from Florida Southern with a degree in Biology.

Brent’s Advice...

Make time to do the things you can’t put on a medical school application.

Keeping Up With Amanda

Amanda Long at the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference in June, helping to promote FSC.

Zoe Alexander '19 and Nick Goin '20 Expand Their Environmental Expertise on Alaskan Fishing Boats

Two graduates of Florida Southern’s marine biology program recently were hired as contract workers on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

In June, Zoe Alexander ’19 completed the first of three 3-month contracts as a marine fishery observer, having worked at sea on the Ocean Peace catcher/processor boat based in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Nick Goin ’20 has been preparing for his first deployment with the same company, following two weeks of online instruction and a week of in-person training with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle.