Student Achievements

Our alumni are attending competitive graduate and professional programs, or are employed in industrial, academic or health-related settings, establishing a pipeline for our incoming students.

Graduate Schools

Stonehill’s science students have a three-year 72% acceptance rate to prestigious graduate (M.S.+Ph.D.) and health professional (M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., P.A., N.P., etc.) schools. Among them:

  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Princeton University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California – Berkley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

Careers

Stonehill’s science graduates are employed in a variety of industries such as healthcare, academia and medicine. Employers include:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Genzyme
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Oliver Ames High School
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center

Megan Yardley '09

Megan Yardley ’09

Discovering a calling - and the confidence to pursue it

“Over my four years as a student at Stonehill , I was extremely fortunate to have dedicated, enthusiastic mentors guiding me and providing me with amazing opportunities to explore.

Prior to starting at Stonehill, I had planned to go to medical school as most biology majors entering their freshman year of college do. As a sophomore, I took an endocrinology class and was introduced to a professor who would literally change my life. It was in this class that I, along with the other members of my class, conducted a research project from start to finish and presented our results at a regional scientific conference in New York. Not only was this my first exposure to research, it was the first time I had realized there were other opportunities, aside from medical school, for a student in the sciences.

This was the same year (2006) that the Neuroscience program was established at the school and I immediately switched my major. The professor of that endocrinology course, Dr. Sharon Ramos-Goyette, became my adviser.

At that point, little research was being done on campus. However, Professor Ramos-Goyette worked tirelessly to find opportunities to expose me to research. In addition to the research experience gained from my endocrinology class, I was a research assistant at the VA Medical Center in Brockton for three semesters, I interned at Boston College in a cognitive neuroscience lab and I conducted an individual directed research project my senior year. With Professor Ramos-Goyette’s encouragement, support and enthusiasm, not only did I develop a passion for research but I gained confidence in my scientific ability through the opportunities she provided me with and these experiences led me to pursue graduate school.

In fall 2009, I enrolled in the dual-degree Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (PhD) and Management of Drug Development (MS) program at the University of Southern California and was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship.

It wasn’t until I was enrolled in this program that I realized what a unique opportunity I had been given at Stonehill. I realized, despite coming from a relatively small liberal arts school, I was as prepared, if not more prepared, than most students coming from a large research university because of the individual mentoring I got in addition to the research experience, and that set me apart from everyone else. I am confident, that without my experiences and relationships formed at Stonehill, I would not be where I am today.”

Megan Yardley ’09 is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Southern California, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is also director of Graduate Student Government-Health Science Campus.