School of Science
At Marist, we measure student success by more than just grades or salary in a first job: we help our students fully develop their intellect, character, and skills. That being said, our students go on to highly successful careers in a variety of professional fields, attend some of the most respected graduate schools, and are awarded some of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships. The strong foundation students receive prepares them to take on the many challenges and opportunities that await after graduation. At the same time – and just as importantly – a Marist education instills a firm commitment to serving others and promoting the social good. No matter what path career path our students ultimately choose, the Marist educational experience prepares them to lead lives that are both rewarding and meaningful. And that’s the definition of success.
Marist Science Graduates are Making a National Impact
The School of Science takes pride in our ability to prepare our graduates to make a national impact! We also work closely with students who wish to live and work in the Hudson Valley, the New York City metropolitan area, or wherever they call home.
Students and alumni in the School have a tradition of excelling in both their studies and in their careers. Since 2006, six Marist students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier national scholarship awarded to undergraduate students in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. In 2016-17 alone, two students, Alec Lee ’18 and Carolyn Turcotte ’18, were Goldwater awardees. Alec, from Albany, New York, majored in environmental policy and conducted environmental toxicology research. Carolyn, a biomedical science and biochemistry double major from Hopewell Junction, New York, worked on a molecular genetics project. Both were students in the College’s Honors Program and plan to attend graduate school. Alec and Carolyn are two of only 240 students nationwide to be chosen Goldwater Scholars from a pool of 1,286 nominees. Among New York State colleges and universities, 13 had Goldwater Scholarships awarded to its students, and only five had two students recognized.
Croix Laconsay ’16 was awarded a Fulbright to pursue research on chemical bonds with Dr. Sason Shaik at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Born in San Francisco, Croix grew up in Hawaii. At Marist, he majored in chemistry and philosophy with a minor in mathematics and conducted research under the direction of Dr. John Galbraith. Croix was also involved in summer research at Marist and Texas A&M University (funded by the National Science Foundation); he presented the results of his research at American Chemical Society national meetings in Boston and San Diego. After his Fulbright year in Israel, his long-range goal is to become a chemistry professor focusing on computational organic chemistry, while continuing his investigations into the philosophy of science. Croix has been accepted to a fully-funded Ph.D. program at the University of California, Davis.
A previous Goldwater recipient, Cathy DeBlase Mulzer ’11, recently received the DSM Science and Technology Award Americas 2017 at the annual American Chemical Society meeting in Washington DC. The award recognizes Cathy’s discovery of redox-active Covalent Organic Frameworks as a technology platform for energy storage. Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, presents the Science and Technology Award Americas as part of its Bright Science Awards program, which is designed to nurture, recognize, and reward excellence in key research fields. The Awards have been given out for more than a quarter-century and are meant to honor bright young scientists in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Cathy, who was valedictorian of Marist’s Class of 2011, went on to earn her doctorate in organic chemistry at Cornell University, where she received the Bauer Scholarship Award for her outstanding graduate work. She currently works at Dow Electronics in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Andrew DeBlase ’09, another Goldwater Scholar while at Marist, was recently awarded a very prestigious national award in his field, the 2016 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Postdoctoral Career Development Award. The awards, which are worth $10,000, promote the professional career development of postdoctoral fellows in the field of mass spectrometry. Andrew graduated with his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University in 2014 and since then has been a postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University. He plans to pursue a career in academia.
Kadeine Campbell Peterson ’11 is also making her mark. After graduating from the College with a degree in biology, Kadeine earned her master’s in genetics at Cornell University, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in science education at Teachers College of Columbia University. She teaches biology at the renowned Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. She received the 2017 Marist College Young Alumni Award.
The School of Science has graduates who are practicing physicians, healthcare professionals, college professors, and senior administrators and executives in the science and healthcare industries. Alumni have gone on to rewarding careers at organizations, including Caremount Medical, Emergency Medical Associates, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York University, OBEN Soccer Club, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Addional Student Success Statistics:
- Close to 30 percent of graduates from our Medical Technology program since 1998 are employed at the nation's Top 20 Hospitals as listed by U.S. News & World Report.
- Graduates from the past several years have been accepted to M.S. and Ph.D. programs at some of our nation's finest universities, including Cornell, Columbia, Duke, Yale, SUNY-ESF, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Texas, Indiana, Northwestern, and many more.
- Our athletic training students have gone on to graduate programs and have worked with professional sports organizations. One is currently employed as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Washington Redskins. Another worked with the San Francisco 49ers before becoming an Assistant Athletic Trainer for football at the University of California, Berkley. Another notable AT grad is now a member of the Marist Athletic Training Education Program faculty.
- During the past several years, our students have been selected for competitive summer research internships at sites such as Harvard Medical School, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, RPI, Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Hawaii, University of Washington, Penn State, etc.
- Our graduates are or have been employed by nationally known organizations such as Bayer, Pfizer, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Eli Lilly, Texaco, IBM, the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Franklin Institute Science Museum (Philadelphia), Verizon Wireless, Con Edison, and Dana Farber Cancer Center, just to name a few.
- Since 1999, our pre-med students have enjoyed a 78 percent rate of acceptance to medical schools, compared to a nationwide average of less than half that rate. Medical schools that have accepted our students since 1999 include Medical College of Virginia, Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University, and many others.
- We have an early assurance plan with the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University in Boston, and a priority admission program with the Arizona School of Health Sciences in the Phoenix area.
- Marist students and alumni have received a notable number of baccalaureate awards for the merit and contributions to their field. Learn more.