"I couldn't be happier with my decision to join the biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure. The curriculum is not only designed to teach concepts of biology and chemistry, but also to be able to apply them to real-world challenges.
"The faculty encouraged me to perform at my highest ability, and were helpful along the way. Overall, it was the perfect balance of challenge and support.
"I am now comfortable in a laboratory setting because the program provided me the opportunity to lead a research project as an undergraduate, which can be rare at other universities. The biochemistry program prepared me for graduate school and my goal of working in a lab afterwards."
"The first word that comes to mind when I reflect on my time in the biochemistry program is opportunity. Dr. Zhang does an excellent job creating different opportunities for the students.
"These opportunities include chances to work on exciting research projects, which help students gain an understanding of the scientific method and process, and that cannot be taught in the classroom.
"Additionally, the program does an excellent job in preparing students for their futures, regardless of what that may entail. During my time in the biochemistry program, I gained a number of skills that will be critical as I move forward with my professional career. The program challenges you in a number of ways and, in the process, fosters personal growth."
“The biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure lets students work directly and intimately with professors in their research. This allows students and professors to develop a close and special relationship that is unique to Saint Bonaventure.
By being able to work closely with Dr. Zhang, I have been able to experience research first hand and realize it is something that piques my interest. In the lab, I can apply the concepts I have learned throughout my schooling in real life applications.
“Because of this research opportunity at St. Bonaventure, I have become more interested in pursuing a career in the research field.“
“As a student in the Biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure I was challenged and guided by great mentors that showed me that my efforts could lead to a rewarding scientific career.
Throughout my undergraduate career the professors continued to amaze me with the workings of biological systems.
“This program allowed me to have countless hands on experiences with class labs and research, allowing me to grasp what a graduate and research career will entail. I was able to design some of my own experiments and present my findings at conferences. I was also able to conduct research in labs at other universities.”
“At St. Bonaventure University, the diversity of techniques used in the lab as well as research opportunities provided to me over the summer greatly helped me build a resume that got me several offers from top graduate schools.
The experience included training other students and learning advanced scientific techniques as well as opportunities to travel to government institutions and universities (USDA, NIH, University of Maryland) which added to the depth of my experience.
During my time in the lab I also produced data that was later published in the Journal PLOS One.”
“The biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure is fantastic.
"It provided me with the opportunity to participate in scientific research that prepared me for my professional career.
“The requirement to enroll in courses that challenged me to critically think as a scientist is an invaluable experience that will stick with me for years to come... let alone the arsenal of understanding and caring professors who pointed me in the right direction!”
“My experience in the biochemistry program at St. Bonaventure University helped shape me as a scientist and inspired in me a love for research that has opened countless doors for me.
“The one-on-one attention I received from professors helped me learn to design and complete research projects. At the same time, they also afforded me enough independence to allow me to learn to troubleshoot and learn from my mistakes. I was able to build a relationship with faculty members and felt that they truly cared about my success, both in and out of the classroom.
“Thanks to the biochemistry program, I was well-prepared for both the medical curriculum and the research requirements in the M.D./Ph.D. program I joined after graduation.”
“I can’t speak highly enough about the experience and teaching I reached at St. Bonaventure University. Being interested in the sciences, majoring in Biochemistry was the best decision I made.
“I had excellent opportunities to research in two different areas, which helped me explore whatever I was interested in. I even had the opportunity to publish as a first author during my four years.
“As for the professors, I can’t imagine a better learning environment. They encouraged me to follow my passions and push me to achieve excellence, in the lab and classroom. As a Division I athlete, they also worked with me despite my busy schedule, and their doors were always open. The small class sizes allowed for individual teaching and I found that upon entering medical school I was extremely well prepared compared to many of my peers. Overall, the teaching I received was second to none, as was the education.
“My time at St. Bonaventure was the perfect transition to medical school, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the experiences I had there!”
“I transferred to St. Bonaventure after attending another university for two years. I immediately felt at home.
“The professors I had at St. Bonaventure were among the best professors that I have ever had. The program also provided me a solid foundation in both the biology and chemistry disciplines.
“I believe this was vital to my success in pharmacy school. The knowledge I gained from the biochemistry program allowed me to make a seamless transition into pharmacy school.”
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