Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Fisher '13
PhD Candidate at Iowa State University
My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in biology?
I originally wanted to be a physical therapist and was in the 4+3 guaranteed program into Widener’s PT school. Biology was a safety net in case I changed my mind. I wanted to graduate with an undergraduate degree that would open many career options. Good thing because I didn’t go to PT school!
who was your favorite professor at widener? why?
I can’t pick just one, the entire biology faculty is great! I definitely have the closest relationships with Dr. Kate Goodrich and Dr. Janice Krumm because I was a part of their research team each summer. Both also advised me through an individual research project. They taught me how to think like a scientist and find my passion as a scientific researcher. Because of them, I ditched the physical therapy idea and decided to go to graduate school with the ultimate career goal of teaching and conducting research at a school like Widener. I’ve been told, from day one they knew I would switch to research, but I needed to see it for myself. Luckily I did! I couldn’t be happier with my decision and look forward to where research will take me.
Since I graduated, I stay in contact with both Dr. Goodrich and Dr. Krumm and catch up every few months. They both had such a huge impact on my career path and could never thank them enough for their constant support.
My Professional Experience
how has widener prepared you for life after college?
The College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Program prepared me for life as a graduate student. Upon graduation, I had hands-on, real-world experience of the entire scientific method from observation to publication. This not only made me a competitive applicant, but I was also a step ahead of other graduate students in my cohort (in terms of experience).
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
Learn everything you can in your classes and get involved with independent research. You may discover a passion you never knew you had and the relationships you will develop along the way are irreplaceable.