“Over the past four years, I have grown so much as a student and as a person,” said Pandya. “I will remember, and cherish, my research experience in the Department of Biological Sciences because it was simply incredible.”
Pandya, a biomedical sciences major and economics minor, said the level of hands-on research that she conducted during her time at USciences has more than prepared her for graduate school and a future in the science and healthcare industries. During her last year at USciences, she worked closely with the biology department's brewing science expert, Dr. Matthew Farber, to explore the effects of hops on yeast protease activity in beer, as well as fermentation parameters' influence on protease activity in beer
“True career preparation comes from research experience,” she said. “Employers look for the kind of lab experience offered at USciences because they want to know that candidates are well-trained in basic lab techniques and know how to innovate–a skill learned in the lab, not in class.”
With her undergraduate focus in science and business, Pandya plans to eventually pursue an executive MBA in the future to prepare her for a career that focuses on both the science and business aspects of a company. As for now, she is eager to continue her education at Johns Hopkins University in the fall and further her work in brewing science through a paid internship with a brewing company.
Prospective students should know that considering USciences means enlisting for a self-rewarding challenge, said Pandya.
"USciences can help you achieve your utmost potential if you are up for it," she said. "It is also very important to keep an open mind during your undergraduate years because doing so helped me get the most out of my education."