Christoper Kassl ’09, chemistry and German majors:
“I have always been a firm believer in the axiom, ‘Attitude is everything.’ When I came to Augustana, instead of being assimilated into a massive and faceless student body, I found an administration that seemed overjoyed that I would be lending my own talents and personality to a uniquely integrated community. The chemistry program afforded me the opportunity to work with a talented, experienced and approachable faculty and to test my capacity as an independent researcher on several projects of my own inspiration. The liberal studies program has enabled me to step outside the arena of the concrete and quantitative into a world of abstraction, metaphor, insight and intuition, something for which I am very thankful.”
Deidre Leist ’09, biochemistry, biology and pre-medicine majors; classics and chemistry minors:
“When it came to choosing an undergraduate institution, Augustana College could not have been a more perfect match. Augustana prides itself on individualized instruction from professors, and that is exactly what I have experienced. I had the incredible opportunity of conducting research under my biochemistry advisor for not one but two summers. I watched myself grow not only as a student but also as an individual as I presented my research findings among my peers and participated in research seminars at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis. The fact that Augustana is a liberal arts school has also allowed me to seek out my interests in areas other than the sciences."
Mark Tanner ‘12, biochemistry and biology major; chemistry minor:
“The faculty has consistently shown an interest in helping me. Whether I wanted to study abroad, do on-campus research, get an internship or just succeed in a class, these professors have always been there. Participating in the Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program was my peak experience. It also proved to be pivotal in helping me to secure plans after graduation.”