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Whether their next step is a graduate degree or in a profession such as medicine, science majors at Dominican have an important edge in the advancement of their education and careers.


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At most universities, students don't get to try their hand at research until they reach graduate school. At Dominican, even freshmen have the opportunity to uncover new passions and test their interests before deciding to pursue a career in science.

—Dr. Randall Hall

Laboratory experience gives them the advantage of knowing how to structure an experiment, use laboratory equipment, record results, analyze data, and present their findings for peer review.  They gain professional credentials by presenting research findings at peer conferences, and co-authoring scientific papers with Dominican faculty for publication and presentation at professional meetings.

These opportunities are bringing more and more students to Dominican to study the sciences, and have led to a retention rate of 94 percent of science majors—far surpassing the national average of 50 percent.

Dominican Undergraduate science majors have been accepted into summer intern programs at Harvard University, Stanford University, the National Institutes of Health, and others.  And Dominican graduates are working for prestigious institutions like the Human Genome Project, the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, Genentech, and the United States Park Service.

2011 ABSTRACT BOOKLET:  Commemorating the inauguration of our new president Dr. Mary Marcy contains the numerous research projects of our students, faculty and staff.

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