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CDC Enhances Graduate and Professional School Advising

  Dr. Katya King
Dr. Katya King
(photo by Donna Cote)

The Career Development Center will provide even greater support to MHC students who wish to pursue graduate and professional school. Katerina “Katya” King, associate director of the CDC and director for graduate and professional school advising, will lead the College’s stepped-up efforts. Joining King’s team is David Gardner, assistant director for prehealth and science careers advising. Both King and Gardner will work closely with individual faculty and standing faculty committees, as well as the Alumnae Association and alumnae volunteers.

King was formerly the assistant director for fellowships and scholarships, and her duties continue to include administering major fellowships, such as the Marshall, Goldwater, Truman, and Fulbright. In this capacity, King will continue to work closely with the Faculty Committee on Fellowships, chaired by associate professor of astronomy Darby Dyar. She is also responsible for advising prelaw students and students applying to graduate school. Both King and Gardner are available to all students exploring graduate or professional study.

  Dr. David Gardner
Dr. David Gardner
(photo by Donna Cote)

Gardner is responsible for advising students interested in pursuing professional and graduate training in all areas of health, including medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and other fields; helping students obtain clinical internships and research experiences; and assisting with applications for graduate fellowships. Gardner will support the work of the Faculty Committee on the Health Professions, chaired by associate professor of biological sciences Sarah Bacon ‘87. Gardner will also develop a liaison program with faculty in the sciences to provide support for students seeking nonhealth-related science careers.

King was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and emigrated to Sweden with her mother at the age of 11. At 19, she moved to Montreal, Canada. She received her B.A. from McGill University and her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Harvard University. Before moving to South Hadley, she taught at Cornell University for two years. She and her husband, Jeremy, who is an associate professor of history at Mount Holyoke, have three children: Josephine, 7, Theo, 5, and Felix, 3.

Originally from Massachusetts, Gardner received his B.S. from Trinity College in Hartford and his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is pleased to be back in New England after spending ten years as a biology professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where he was also chair of the premed advising committee. Gardner is an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and has many years of experience in shipboard operations, search and rescue, and international exercise planning. He and his wife, Bridget, who graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1981, have two sons—Nathan, 10, and Benjamin, 9.

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