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Derek Nye: BRINGING NEW MEANING TO FOREIGN AID

Most people have no idea what Ulcerative Colitis is. But most people aren’t Derek Nye ('11). While at Wilkes, Derek joined one-on-one with Dr. Linda Gutierrez of the Biology department in a medical school research project to study the disease. This experience led him to enroll in an abroad program at the internationally renowned Sorbonne in Paris. His success overseas continues today, as he recently returned to Paris upon graduating for a prestigious research fellowship at the Pasteur Institute.

Andrew Seaman: READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Aspiring journalists everywhere dream about one day working at a prestigious publication like USA Today or The Washington Times. While he was a student at Wilkes, Andrew Seaman (‘10) managed to work for both of them. The Arthur H. Barrow National Student Journalist of the Year by The Society for Collegiate Journalists, Andrew has accomplished another dream of those in his field: attend Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, the field’s most esteemed academic program in the country.

Rachel Curtis: CALLED TO THE WILD

If you wanted to be the first Wilkes student to study indigenous poison tree frogs in Costa Rica, we apologize. Rachel Curtis ‘10 and others have already done so. In 2009, Rachel abandoned the comforts of home for a Spanish-speaking rainforest community to conduct her research. It was an extremely rewarding experience, but don’t take our word for it. You can ask Rachel yourself. She’s currently back at Wilkes as a research technician while she decides which M.D.-Ph.D. will take this interest to the next level.

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