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December 1, 2011 Barnard College Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor 212 854-2033 EMAIL: PHONE NUMBER: STAFF Robert Earl, Jr. Director Alexandra Nestoras Senior Associate Director Won Kang Associate Director / Student Employment Rachel Tannenbaum Associate Director Valerie Chow Program Director / Internship Programs & Civic Engagement Purnima Taylor Program Director / Employer Relations & Campus Recruitment Victoria Passarella Career Counselor Sarah Noel Alumnae Counselor Katherine Hendry Assistant Director Lindsey Allen Assistant to the Director Hiraida Crespo Office Assistant Bruce Ross Administrative Assistant Nancy Ferro Recruiting Program Assistant C AREER ONNECTIONS WHAT TO DO WITH A MAJOR IN BIOLOGY? You’ve decided on a major and are not sure what career path to follow after college. To help you out, we asked three Barnard alumnae who majored in biology to share their career experiences with you! Nieca Goldberg, MD ʼ79, Joan H. Tisch Center for Womenʼs Health - NYU Langone Medical Center, Medical Director Majoring in biology or the other sciences was common choice when I applied to medical school. It certainly made some medical courses easier and it is a good way to see if you are suited for a biomedical career. Although majoring in biology had an important place in medical training, other aspects of my Barnard education played an even more important role. It’s important to remember that a medical career is not only based on scientific knowledge, but also good communication and interpersonal skills. A solid liberal arts education, in which you learn about other cultures, learn to speak another language and also have excellent writing are necessary for a successful medical career. The most important thing is that you have passion for your career because there is no faking it. Pascale Marthe White, M.D., Second Year Internal Medicine Resident - NYU Langone Medical Center I majored in biology because I was fascinated with living organisms - from the smallest cells to most sophisticated forms of life: human beings. Studying biology allowed me to further delve into my desire to investigate human disease, which led me to pursue a career as a physician in internal medicine. As a physician, I am afforded the opportunity to diagnose, cure, and manage the diseases of my patients while cultivating a healthy doctor-patient relationship. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my experience at Barnard come full circle in my daily activities and in my career. Susan Chapnick ʻ78, New Environmental Horizons, Inc., Founder/ Chemistry Consultant My broader education in the biological sciences has helped me navigate a career path I may not have experienced if my undergraduate education was more narrowly focused. My senior year I spent much of my time on independent research and I graduated and set off to graduate school with a scholarship award from Barnard that helped defray expenses to further my education. I later moved to Cambridge and worked at a lab in MIT. Several chemists from a nearby environmental laboratory contacted the university to find out if they could learn our technique for preparing and analyzing seawater samples. I later learned they needed a lab manager to support efforts to monitor dumping in the North Atlantic, so after a total of 7 years in academia, I left for a land-based career. Cont’d on pg. 6 1

Barnard College, "Career Connections," December 2011 Issue

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