Meet our Alumni and Students in the Natural Sciences programs
In the profiles featured below, meet alumni and students from Point Park University's undergraduate natural sciences programs as well as the Master of Science in environmental studies program. These alumni and students discuss why they chose Point Park and talk about their experiences with course work, class sizes, faculty and student interaction, campus life and how earning or pursuing a degree in the natural sciences is helping them to reach their career goals.
B.S. in biotechnology, 2013
Chemical Laboratory Technician, Ashland Inc.
"I love science and a degree in biotechnology offered me an excellent opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a scientist. This degree has courses in biology, chemistry and genetics. That diverse combination of scientific disciplines qualifies me to work in a wide variety of fields with high earning potential."
"I took some of the concepts I learned from the Career Development Center and applied them to my job search. I was also in a good position to land a new job having two years of experience in the biotechnology field working for Sylvan Bioscience. Through a lot of hard work and patience, I landed a job at Ashland Chemical."
Expected graduation: May 2015
Research Assistant, Lupus Center of Excellence at West Penn Allegheny Health System
"I became interested in the biotechnology capstone program because it offered night and weekend classes which allowed me to continue working full time while furthering my education. Small class sizes also helped in my decision to go to Point Park. I just really wasn’t interested in going to a large school with a hundred people in a class."
"I have just taken a few classes so far, but I have been very pleased with Point Park in general. The process to get started was surprisingly very easy, and my advisors have helped me a lot to register for classes. I took my developmental biology class online and my professor, Dr. Diane Krill, was really helpful."
B.S. in biological sciences, 2012
Client Care Specialist, Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital
"I feel blessed to have professors who are both very intelligent and concerned about their students. That combination can sometimes be difficult to find. I also enjoy my classmates. It’s been great to have classes with people who are eager to learn."
"Point Park was very similar in size to my high school. I loved the idea of small classes and having professors who know your name and that you can go to with questions. Even with changing majors, my classes have worked out perfect. My college education has been everything I’ve wanted."
B.S. in biological sciences, 2010
Co-founder of Marelle, LLC and M.B.A. graduate student at Point Park University
"I loved the science program at Point Park. I couldn’t have asked for better professors. I liked going to a smaller school because I have been able to develop professional relationships with the faculty that I don’t feel I would have been able to do at a larger school."
"As a Point Park undergraduate I wanted to initiate a research project, and Dr. Farrell had experience with a particular compound. We began working together and were amazed to achieve success in the lab on the first try."
B.S. in biological sciences, 2011
Graduate student, University of Pittsburgh's School of Dental Medicine
"All of the professors at Point Park truly care about their students and want to see them succeed. I especially enjoyed working with Dr. Farrell,Dr. Frost, Dr. Weston and Professor Gaglierd."
Sebastiani plans to earn a doctorate degree in dental medicine along with a Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health degree. He will then participate in a six-year oral and maxillofacial residency in which he will also earn an M.D. degree.
environmental studies, 2012
Staff Environmental Specialist, Enercon Services, Inc.
"The M.S degree has helped me learn about the regulations and key problems that are hot topics in the environmental field. Having this knowledge really gave me a step ahead of many by just having a general knowledge of the regulations."
"All of the professors were very friendly, easy to talk to, and responded to any questions or concerns I had. The professors asked challenging questions that really made you think about how to handle a situation or how to respond."
Double majoring in premedical and preprofessional studies
Expected graduation: May 2015
"The professors are definitely dedicated to the students and their classes are very engaging. For example, Dr. Edward Strimlan knows I am interested in physical therapy so he makes connections to that career field with the material he is teaching."
"Also, Dr. Laura Frost does an amazing job teaching biology, especially in the lab setting, and Dr. Mark Farrell is always super helpful to his students."
B.S. in funeral service with concentration in environmental health, 2012
"It’s always been a goal of mine to earn a bachelor’s degree. After graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, my husband and I moved to Virginia where I worked for several years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. When we moved back to Pittsburgh, I had been out of school for 10 years and decided it was time to get my bachelor’s degree."
"Point Park came highly recommended by the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. I was able to easily transfer in the credits I earned there so that I'll be able to complete my bachelor’s degree at Point Park in four semesters. I also liked that Point Park offered Saturday and evening classes."