Biology Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program, which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Photo of Veronika Kivenson FP’13 aboard a research vessel
Alum Veronika Kivenson’s NSF grant allows her to use a supercomputer to examine how microbes metabolize pollutants found in marine sediment.
Image of Jessica Espinosa ’15 in the Brodie lab.
All MHC students are guaranteed one paid internship experience. This biology major landed lab work each semester, and paid research gigs every summer.
Margaret (Mollie) Frederiksen '13
Margaret (Mollie) Frederiksen ’13: My history as a dancer combined with my interest in the human body and how it works drew me towards dance medicine.
Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson
Elizabeth (Zab) Johnson ’94: A blended major combined my love of music and science and set me on an interdisciplinary path.
Image of Anqa Khan ’17
A biology and film studies double major, Anqa Khan ’17 is gaining an intersectional understanding of public health through her research and internships.
Felicity Emerson
Felicity Emerson ’17: I have grown into a strong, confident and competent individual and aspiring scientist after four years living and learning at MHC.
Dana Reuter ’15 digging fossils.
Dana Reuter ’15 : I am very interested in what mammals eat and how that has changed through time with climate and vegetation changes.
Anna Kudla ’13: I found myself in places I never imagined, doing things I never thought I was capable of doing, connecting with people, and learning ...
Erin Jones ’17. Photo by Emily Weir
The Hollings award will help Erin Jones ’17 develop her deep love of oceanography by providing academic funding, contacts, and a paid research internship.
Mojun Zhu ’11: my strong science research background helped me better understand the fundamental aspect of medicine as it relates to clinical practice.
Biologist Koty Sharp ’98 employs metagenomics to reveal intricate relationships between interdependent organisms at sea.
Margaret Murdock
Margaret Murdock ’18 :One of the most critical parts of research is being able to communicate what you learn and discover.