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NCSU Biochemistry graduates stellar students

May Graduation 2013

May Graduation 2013

In the May 2013 graduation ceremony, the department conferred BS Biochemistry degrees to 56 students and PhD Biochemistry to 5 students.

Previous graduating classes were approximately 40:60 men:women; the current class is just about even at 52:48 [same as the ratio for December 2012 graduation!]. There was good diversity of the students who specified their ethnicity: 43% – non Caucasian with 20% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 11% Afro-American, 4% American Indian and 5% mixed.

The undergraduate students were quite accomplished, with an average GPA of 3.35.

Many of the students were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, and 34 students (61% of the class) graduated with Latin honors.

  • 6  students are Phi Beta Kappa members
  • 11 students graduated cum laude (3.25 or better)
  • 10 students graduated magna cum laude (3.50 or better)
  • 13 students graduated summa cum laude (3.75 or better)

Students graduated with multiple degrees.

  • 12 students (21% or 1/5 of the class) graduated with another major in addition to Biochemistry
  • 17 students (30% of the class) graduated with a minor.

Many students were accepted to graduate programs.

  • 13 students have been accepted into either MS or PhD programs, which include Harvard, U. Penn, UNC, NCA&T, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, MIT, University of Maryland, Campbell, NCSU, and Vanderbilt.
  • 9 students will be applying to graduate school

Several students will be heading to medical or other professional schools:

  • 2 students have been accepted into medical school [at UNC]
  • 6 students will be applying to medical school
  • 1 student was accepted into optometry school
  • 1 student was accepted into the MD/PhD program at UMD
  • 1 student will be applying to the MD/PhD program
  • 1 student was accepted into the nursing program
  • 1 student will be applying to PA
  • 1 student will be applying to Dental school
  • 3 students have been accepted to pharmacy school
  • 3 students will be applying to pharmacy school

About one-third of the class will be entering the workforce.

  • 7 students have jobs.
  • 10 students are looking for jobs.

And finally, two students will enter service for our country.

  • 1 student will be entering the Navy
  • 1 student will be entering the Army

Congratulations to the class of 2013. The Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry wishes you all the best.

Graduation Spring 2013 Slideshow