Jason Askvig and Kate Behm sit beside anatomical models of a torso and a heart.
North Dakotans Find Passion By Emily Assand
“My dad is a veterinarian, so I’ve had exposure to science ever since I was little,” said Kate Behm, an Anatomy and Cell Biology graduate student. “I would watch nature specials on PBS and tag along with my dad to work. I found it all interesting.” Behm, a native of Minot, N.Dak., didn’t take your typical high school science classes. She went beyond the norm and took courses in genetics, biology, advanced chemistry, physics, and comparative anatomy. “I chose to come to UND after being on campus for North Dakota Girls State,” Behm said. “I liked the feel of the campus, and it had a forensic science and anthropology program.” Behm got her undergraduate degree in forensic science and biology. “I worked for the Anatomy and Cell
NORTH DAKOTA MEDICINE Holiday 2012
Biology program as an undergraduate, and they asked me to be a research graduate student,” Behm said. “I enjoyed the research as well as the benchwork I was doing for the departments, so I agreed.” Doing graduate research alongside Behm is Jason Askvig. Askvig, a native of Des Lacs, N.Dak., came to UND determined to be a physician. Instead Askvig quickly became interested in anatomy and cell biology. Askvig landed in an anatomy class taught by Anatomy and Cell Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Jon Jackson. Askvig continued as an undergraduate teaching assistant and got an undergraduate job with his research advisor Anatomy and Cell Biology Associate Professor Dr. John Watt. “The anatomy faculty have helped me
North Dakota Medicine Holiday 2012