Make Your Life Count
Gustavus Adolphus College junior mathematics major Eric Hanson ’16 is the recipient of a 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award for students pursuing careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Jean-Paul Noel ’12 is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). The fellowship will support Noel’s research through the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University.
While growing up in Devils Lake, North Dakota, Gustavus Adolphus College junior Jace Riggin ’16 says he was an “outsider” for many reasons. Today, Riggin is using his life experiences and passion for justice to help others in his hometown who might consider themselves as “outsiders”.
Imagine waking up every morning and going to work surrounded by some of the foremost scientists and researchers in the world. That is the situation Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Ian Keesey ’04 finds himself in as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI-CE) in Jena, Germany.
Kyle Hunt ’10 earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Gustavus, completed dental school at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and has now started his career as a dentist at Personal Care Dentistry in Roseville. He is part of a growing list of Gustavus alumni who have taken advantage of one of the College’s pre-professional tracks—in this case the College’s pre-dental program.
Finding one’s vocation is a process. Just ask Gustavus Adolphus College alumna Julia Tindell ’13. After four fruitful and rewarding years at Gustavus and completing the rigorous process associated with being a Rhodes Scholar finalist, Tindell has found her calling at a non-profit organization in St. Paul that serves women and girls involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, prostitution, and sex trafficking.
Nine months ago you would have been able to find Joey MacGibbon ’14, Krista Ripperton ’14, and Michael Morimoto ’14 roaming around the Gustavus Adolphus College campus enjoying their final days as undergraduate students. Today you can find them in the offices of three of Minnesota’s most prestigious corporations: General Mills, United Health Group, and 3M.
Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Andrew Lilja is pursuing his master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Iowa State University. Lilja’s research focuses on the differences between decision making in novices and experts, and how technology can be used to improve the decision making of novices.
Annika Johanson '12 is a Child Life Specialist for both Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. She is charged with helping children and their families overcome life's most challenging events.
Gustavus students spend a lot of time conducting research in the laboratories of the Nobel Hall of Science, but many students also have a chance to conduct research away from campus. In the case of Amy Christiansen '15 and Alexa Peterson '16, that opportunity involved a trip to France with Associate Professor of Chemistry Amanda Nienow.