What do our alumni do?
Quentin Metzgar, 2001 graduate
Quentin is currently the science department chair at Westlake HS in Charles County, Maryland. He teaches General and Honors Biology, as well as AP Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. In addition, he is a Master Teacher for the State of Maryland's Biology Governor's Academy which is a summer professional development opportunity for all MD HS Biology and Special Ed. teachers. He also works for the state on Item Writing, Content Review, and Standard Setting for the Maryland High School Assessment in Biology. He was awarded the Southern Maryland Outstanding Math and Science Teacher award in 2006 and was nominated for the Presidential Outstanding Science Teacher for the State of Maryland in 2007.
Amy (Brehm) Wysocki, 2005 graduate
Amy graduated in the spring of 2005 and attended Medical School at the Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, graduating in 2009. She is currently a resident in Psychiatry at West Virginia University and hopes for a fellowship in Child Psychiatry in the future. She owes her success in med school to the education she received from UPJ. The courses she took, specifically in biology and chemistry, prepared her very well for the rigors of medical school. In fact, her medical school used the same book that was used in her Immunology class at UPJ. She was married in May of 2009; her husband was a mechanical engineering major at UPJ when she met him.
Adrien Mazer, 2005 graduate
Adrien finished his M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2009 and is currently a resident in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. He firmly believes the education he received from UPJ's biology program was one of the main reasons for his success in medical school. The program provided a broad overview of all aspects of biology, but at the same time allowed for focused study on subjects which more than prepared him for the vigorous course work in medical school. He chose UPJ because of the more rural setting, and the smaller class sizes allowed for plenty of one-on-one interaction with the extremely knowledgeable and approachable faculty. He is very proud to be a UPJ biology alumnus.
Theodore Nelson, 2007 graduate
Theodore has just finished his first year at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, taking histology, biochemistry, gross anatomy, physiology, clinical skills, osteopathic principles and practices, genetics, cellular biology and some labs. He finished a post-baccalaureate program at LECOM in Erie which was in biomedical sciences. His advice to a pre-medical student is to take as many upper-level biology courses as possible. His biological science background has made his first semester at WVSOM much easier. When he’s not studying for school he is producing music for his band.
Vanessa Meiser, 2008 graduate
Vanessa is currently enrolled in the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. At this point, she has finished the first year of a three-year program that includes two years of combined classes and internships and a third and final year consisting of a full-time internship. She is currently taking classes and doing a part-time internship at Canonsburg General Hospital in the acute care setting. Vanessa says, “It's been a huge transition from Johnstown to Pittsburgh, and while I really miss UPJ, Pitt has a great physical therapy program, and I highly recommend it!”
Ron Walker, 2008 graduate
Ron has finished the first year of dental school at the University of Pittsburgh. His biology degree from UPJ prepared him for the rigors of professional school, and he is glad that he chose UPJ for this reason.