Penn State Science Careers

Uploaded by PennStateScience on 11.12.2009

Male voice: With a scientific training and the understanding of a scientific method you
can really apply it to a broad range of careers. I found that moving from a Ph.D. and an undergraduate
in biochemistry it was very easy to translate the same thinking, the same analytical approach
into the business world.
Male professor: Our philosophy is very simple: we want to create excellent scientists with
as much hands-on experience as you can possibly get in an academic environment. The opportunities
for these students is really wide open.
Female student: After I graduate I’m going to go to medical school. I feel like at Penn
State I’ve taken all the classes I need, I’ve had all the recommendations from the
faculty that I’m ever going to need. As soon as I graduate I’m going to be ready
to go.
Female student: I’m actually going to go to law school. I’m hoping to bring in some
of my science background so I’m also looking at intellectual property or environmental
Male student: I’m of course going to miss Penn State, I’ve spent a number of years
here and it’s grown to feel very much like home. I wouldn’t trade my years here for
Female voice: It was so nice to know they were always there. Even now when I go to get
my full-time professorship in medicine I know that I can call Penn State and there are alumni
all around the world that would be more than happy to read my resume or even give me a
Male professor: When I went to graduate school, there were no surprises for me. I didn’t
get there and say “Gee, this laboratory stuff is really not what I want to do”;
I already knew that it was.
Female professor: I have students who are in graduate school now and I consistently
get emails from colleagues at these places saying how well they’re doing. It’s just
a huge source of pride to know that people will contact me and ask if I have Penn State
undergraduates coming that can work with them. It is very well known that they’re really
well prepared here.
Male professor: They’re going to be the next generation that is going to make all
the great discoveries, that’s going to win the Nobel Prizes. Our main job is to communicate
the benefits of science in society, how science impacts just about every aspect of our lives
here. I really think that’s our role as educators, is to train the next generation.