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Meredith McGuire Busy Applicant for Graduate Study in Biology

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

Many Saint Vincent College seniors focus on gaining acceptance to graduate or professional school after they complete their undergraduate education. But for Meredith McGuire, the process of applying, interviewing and deciding on graduate school has been multiplied nearly a dozen times!

McGuire, who will graduate with a major in biology with concentration in cell and molecular biology and minors in biotechnology and mathematics, wants to pursue graduate study in cellular and molecular biology.

She applied to 11 programs at nine prestigious universities including Case Western Reserve University, University of Pittsburgh, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, University of Texas-Southwestern, Baylor College of Medicine, Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

After she received offers of interviews with 10 of the programs and was offered admission to six and fellowships by three, she has decided to attend Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. “They have a high level of research, high impact research and an excellent learning environment,” she commented. “I am planning to go into biomedical research so my Ph.D. will be in cellular and molecular biology. One day I hope to be part of a team researching a disease and be able to intervene in therapeutics and add to the general body of knowledge in my field. I hope to work in the laboratory of a major research university.”

McGuire speaks highly of the education she received at Saint Vincent. “I think Saint Vincent gave me an excellent education in biology,” she said, “in all of the contemporary biological techniques and a firm understanding of the concepts behind them. The faculty have been fantastic throughout my undergraduate career, encouraging me, answering questions and always going above and beyond what is expected. I specifically chose a liberal arts college because I wanted that broad basis. I think that it really helps to inform your understanding of the world and where biology fits into the big picture. Both my coursework and participating in campus ministry really helped me grow as a person, as a biologist and as a professional to understand other fields and then as a person emotionally and spiritually through the activities I have been a part of.” She was a Eucharistic minister and lector for campus ministry in the student chapel.

The recipient of an A.J. Palumbo Student Research Grant, she completed a senior research project on ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease titled, Effect of Kinesin and Dynein Imbalance on Axonal Transport Impairment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She also completed summer undergraduate research programs at the University of Pittsburgh in the department of medicine and at the Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland.

A member of the dean’s list, she is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta academic and service honor society, Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, Alpha Chi national academic honor society and the Respect Life Club. She has served as a senior facilitator of the Saint Vincent College Collaborative Learning Program, as a laboratory teaching assistant, as a library student assistant and as a biology department writing designated course tutor.

She is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland and the daughter of Thomas and Rosanne McGuire of Strongsville, Ohio.

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Photo: Saint Vincent College senior biology major Meredith McGuire prepares for graduate study in cellular and molecular biology in the digital imaging laboratory of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. 

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