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Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.

"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."

Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry

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Well Prepared

A degree in Biology also prepares you for any kind of career by building your abilities in:

  • analysis of complex systems,
  • project management,
  • investigative procedures,
  • quantitative skills in math and statistics,
  • communications skills in written, verbal and graphical form,
  • computer skills,
  • skills you can take to the bank!

Our alumni are leaders in all areas of biological sciences in Michigan and beyond. Here are just a few places that LSSU Biology Alumni are now working:

  • Michigan Dept of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Dept of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Parks Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Private Environmental Consulting Companies
  • Local Conservation Districts
  • Conservancies
  • Zoos
  • As private Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Optometrists
  • In small and large clinics (e.g., Mayo Clinic)
  • As Veterinarians
  • In private research labs
  • In university and other government labs
  • In private companies of all kinds and sizes Across the U.S. and Canada and abroad
Continuing into the Health Profession

The following is a list of students who have been accepted into graduate universities. They plan on continuing their education in the health profession.

  • Jonathan Behring, Hillman, MI - Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
  • Kyle Blau, Rapid River, MI - Detroit Mercy, School of Dentisty
  • Peter Bonneau, Canton, MI - Wayne State University, School of Medicine
  • Rachel Hall, Southgate, MI - University of Toledo, College of Health Science & Human Service (Physician Assistant Program)
  • Jessica Hartwig, Iron Mountain, MI - Ferris State University, Michigan College of Optometry
  • Christina Lazzari, Watton, MI - Ohio State Univeristy, College of Dentistry
  

LSSU has a great reputation for placing Biology students in graduate and professional schools, such as:

  • Kansas State University
Prepared Graduates

"I appreciate everything you have done for me! My education and experiences at LSSU have lead me to a really good career. At work I apply my knowledge of animal biological systems, laboratory experiences, and interaction skills. I eventually would like to do teaching part time at a community college here in Madision. There is a course at a community college here that Covance is involved in that teaches animal husbandry and care for laboratory animals, which is a top priority at my company."

--Kelly Marsack
Safety Pharmacologist, Covance Laboratories Inc.
LSSU Biology Alum
Masters in Conservation Biology

 

"Personal relationships with the professors - and not just one professor, all professors. Also, the atmosphere at LSSU is very friendly and offers rewarding opportunities to be involved in campus life.”

--Nicole Hawdon ‘04


Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: A compara- tive Study between Spatter for Human and Porcine Blood

Jessica Beaudry

The forensic investigation of violent crimes and deaths lead to one of the most significant and frequently encountered types of physical evidence, blood. From the early discoveries and advances in technology, the field of forensics continues to grow, especially in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA). It is necessary to devise experiments or controlled reproductions to continue the expansion of the BPA field. Human blood can be extremely dangerous due to infectious diseases. There are a few safer alternatives to using human blood and they include using spatter training blood and porcine blood. This study focuses on the comparison between human, porcine, Evident, and Sirchie spatter training blood. The data strongly indicates that while porcine blood is comparable to human blood, Evident and Sirchie spatter training blood is not.

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