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James Faraci, Class of ’21


  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

“Plattsburgh has afforded me many opportunities to grow into the person I am today. From getting to start microbiology research my second semester freshman year to the individualized attention I received from nearly every professor during my time. As I go on to medical school and the military, I can say with confidence, that wherever I go and whatever I do, I owe it to my time at SUNY Plattsburgh.”

James won a full scholarship through the U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program and is also a recipient of the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

 

Aniki Lindsay, Class of ’19


  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

“The close-knit community in the biology department has really helped me to excel during my undergraduate career and beyond. Upon graduating in 2019 I had received a full-time job offer at a big Biotech company as well as being accepted into my dream dental school. I credit this ‘win’ to my professors in biology department. They had provided so much guidance during the entire process such as writing strong letter of recommendations and countless reviewing of personal statements and resumes. Thank you very much to the biology department for you all your help!”

 

Patrick Boyea, Class of ’19


  • Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

“SUNY Plattsburgh’s biomedical sciences degree gave me the opportunity to fulfill all of the prerequisite requirements I needed when I applied to optometry school. With the knowledge and experience I gained from the biology and chemistry department at SUNY Plattsburgh, I was able to go into my new profession with the base of knowledge and confidence I needed to succeed.

“You are really able to get to know your professors which goes a long way in your education and experience at SUNY Plattsburgh. I want to thank all of my professors along the way for the enjoyable yet challenging environment that pushed me to continue an education in the health sciences field.”

 

Abigail Hearns, Class of ’19


  • SUNY Upstate, Physician’s Assistant

“When I started out as a biology major, it was because I knew I wanted to do something in the field of medicine. I quickly learned that what the biology department had to offer was more than I ever thought possible. I found the professors to be creative, supportive, and well versed in such a wide range of topics and career paths. I always felt comfortable going and asking any questions.

“They added a biomedical science major and I quickly jumped into what the program had to offer. I was lucky to partake in original research opportunities with a professor that made me feel confident in my lab skills and allowed me dive deeper into the sciences. The program never failed to give me the experience I needed. I felt prepared for applying to graduate schools and the application process came with ease. Because of the remarkable program SUNY Plattsburgh had to offer, I now get to live out my dream of becoming a physician assistant. The biology department at SUNY Plattsburgh gave me my future and I will forever be grateful for that.”

 

Jacob LaVarnway, Class of ’19


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  • Virginia Tech, Veterinary Medicine

“SUNY Plattsburgh provided me with a strong education, advanced research opportunities, and support that guided me into my acceptance into two Doctorate Of Veterinary Medicine programs within the United States. The faculty where a phenomenal support system during my attendance. When I first arrived on campus three short years ago I had already obtained an associate degree in veterinary science technology, SUNY Plattsburgh has allowed me to expand my knowledge in the biological fields preparing me to become the best doctor I can possibly be.”

 

Mya Stone, Class of ’19


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  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences branch campus in Colchester, Vt., Pharm.D.

“At SUNY Plattsburgh, the professors are dedicated to their teaching and always willing to answer my questions, no matter how tired of me they may get! A Pharm.D. degree can be done in five years, but I think taking the extra two years to earn a bachelor’s degree will be more beneficial in the long run. All of the sciences courses that I’ve taken have provided me with a solid background of knowledge for topics that will be covered in more detail during pharmacy school.”

 

Haley Aubertine, Class of ’18


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  • SUNY Upstate Medical MD

“SUNY Plattsburgh offered me opportunities to gain firsthand experience in the medical setting before I even graduated. I was able to volunteer in the Emergency Department at CVPH, which was an unforgettable experience. The science curriculum prepared me immensely. From my experiences in A&P class and then as a teaching assistant, I became familiar with the human body systems and their functions. Plattsburgh gave me a strong foundation of knowledge that I am confident I will be able to build upon as I work toward becoming a physician.”

 

Jonathan Gamboa, Class of ’17


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  • New York Medical College, Physical Therapy

“The curriculum taught by the experienced faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh challenged and pushed me out of my comfort zone to grow into the scholar I am today. The professors and the learning center provided the assistance I needed along the way. I could not have done it without SUNY Plattsburgh!”

 

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