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  •  Students Recently Involved in FIWH Programs

    SutterP - FIWHPatrick Sutter '16

    Majors: Biology & Chemistry
    FIWH Program: On-Campus Medicinal Chemistry, FIWH Lead Researcher June 2014 - present
    Future Plans: Graduate school to realize his dream of doing medicinal chemistry

    Doing medicinal chemistry research has broadened my understanding of what medicine really is, and has given me a better appreciation for the men and women who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to this branch of medicine and chemistry. Through the research I’ve done for FIWH, I’ve been able to take the knowledge I’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the lab for the benefit of those less fortunate than myself. Doing research with FIWH has not only given me more practice and experience in chemistry, but also more confidence in my lab skills and classes.


    RusselMG - FIWHMary Grace Russell '15

    Majors: Chemistry
    FIWH Program: Research at M.I.T. - Summers 2013 & 2014
    Future Plans: Graduate school for PhD in Organic Chemistry

    During the Summers of 2013 & 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the lab led by Dr. Tim Jamison. I have had the privilege of working on innovative ways to produce medications for the treatment of a rare form of epilepsy as well as the use of biodiesel as an alternative energy source. This opportunity has been able to prepare me to potentially attend MIT's doctorate program for chemistry. I have learned so much from my mentors in Boston and have greatly appreciated the chance to participate in this FIWH program.


    DiazA - FIWHAndy Diaz '16

    Majors: Biology
    FIWH Program: Internship at AbbVie - Summer 2014
    Future Plans: Medical school or graduate school

    Working with FIWH, I not only received a lab experience that was beyond my expectations, but I tackled real world problems alongside experts in medicinal chemistry. I was at the interface between many professionals: chemists, analysts, biologists, IT experts, and businessmen. We had lunches with senior executives, vice presidents and other notables with frank conversations about the present challenges, the past and the future of the pharmaceutical industry. My eyes were most opened to the drug development process, and the need for experts in the stages before it can be prescribed by a physician. I believe that FIWH has equipped me both academically and professionally to better pursue the career that God calls me to.


    McLaughlinM - FIWHMichael McLaughlin '15

    Majors: Biology & Chemistry
    FIWH Program: Internship at AbbVie - Summer 2012 & 2013
    Future Plans: Graduate school for PhD in the sciences

    Getting the opportunity to participate in the FIWH internship at AbbVie opened my eyes to a world of chemistry that I never knew about. Being able to design and synthesize my very own compounds which never existed was an incredible experience. However, the best part was that all the research I was doing had the ability to save the lives of millions of people suffering from Neglected Tropical Diseases. Not only was it an educational experience, but it was humanitarian as well! I now know I want to devote my life to designing new medicines to ease the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters who are afflicted all over the world.


    KellyA - FIWHAllie Kelly '15

    Majors: Chemistry
    FIWH Program: Internship at AbbVie - Summer 2013
    Future Plans: Graduate school for PhD in the sciences

    While at AbbVie, I had the opportunity to work with several outstanding mentors who gave me invaluable guidance both in and out of the lab. The technical experiences I gained in the lab gave me a greater appreciation for what I was learning in the classroom, and the personal relationships I formed with the chemists at AbbVie helped me discover that I am interested in possibly pursuing medicinal chemistry as a career path in the future. I am currently researching at the interface between theoretical and organic chemistry and I want to continue to study this upon graduation as I pursue my PhD. Ultimately I hope to work in the field of medicinal chemistry – and all thanks to my research experiences at AbbVie! 


    StewartM - FIWHMatt Stewart '14

    Majors: Biology
    FIWH Program: Internship at AbbVie - Summer 2012, FIWH Lead Researcher Jan. 2013 - May 2014, FIWH/FISH Web Content Creator
    Currently: Missionary/Public Speaker for
    The Culture Project

    Looking back, I can say I took advantage of the opportunity that was before me when working with FIWH, Dr. Jeff Rohde, and being at Franciscan. After interning at AbbVie (then Abbott) and finding my passion for the poor, I performed, oversaw and directed the synthesis of approximately 85 compounds on main campus to be tested against TB. Having done countless hours of organic chemistry, preparing posters, teaching labs, mentoring numerous fellow student researchers, and creating the FIWH/FISH portions of, FIWH was the perfect place for the further discovery and development of both my gifts and myself. Furthermore, after investing myself fully in the transformative culture of Franciscan, I am excitedly shifting gears from science to missionary work as a speaker to young people about St. John Paul II's heart piercing message found within Theology of the Body. Although I have enjoyed and excelled in research, I believe my gifts will be best used when given away directly to others. Thus, having graduated summa cum laude in May 2014, I am considering medical school after missionary work. FIWH has helped me build a platform to launch off of for my next professional adventure, and I am forever grateful. 


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