In true Spartan fashion, the extraordinary individuals and groups that comprise the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) family – faculty members, staff members, students and alumni – are hard at work every day, making a difference in their classrooms, labs, businesses, communities and the world around them. In an effort to tell their stories, we've created this collection of profiles to feature people in our NatSci family and how they are contributing to the common good in ways both big and small. SPARTANS WILL.
Study abroad, as well as a broad range of interests, has helped put Kat Magoulick on a unique career path. Combining her love of zoology and history, she has been able to carve out the basis for a career that is perfect for her.
On the day that Lazarius Miller was accepted to Michigan State University, he had no idea of what was to come, but felt that opportunity was there. On this same day, he also did not know that his lifelong dream of being an educator would start to be more within reach.
When he first came to MSU, Don enrolled as an astrophysics major, dreaming of becoming an astronaut. But, after taking a biology course, he found himself switching from wanting to study the vastness of space to the tininess of microorganisms. For the past three years, he has studied the biofilm found on eye-wash stations, which has been identified as a public health safety risk. In addition, his involvement as a Dean’s Research Scholar has allowed him to share his experiences with alumni and benefactors about how their contributions have brought science to life for him.
In her freshman year at MSU, Jacqline dutifully did her homework, went to class and passed her exams—but that was all she was doing. She felt the need to accomplish more. The need for something extra. The need to contribute to a greater cause. Two subsequent years of research experience not only grew her knowledge of basic science techniques, but taught her the importance of professionalism, scientific integrity and collaboration. She now appreciates that science goes beyond basic research; it also includes working with others and growing together.
Chidika remembers leaving Nigeria to begin her first year at Michigan State University. It was Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012. She woke up wondering what lied ahead for her, and the rest now is an exciting and challenging journey.
The road to the future is often a twisted path. It’s something Apryl Pooley knows well. The fourth-year Ph.D. student in the MSU Neuroscience Program is researching the biological mechanisms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a disease that she has personally struggled with – to shed more light on how a traumatic event affects people differently.
During his time as a student at MSU, Bob Rietz (B.S., mathematics, ‘70; Honors College) was able to pass three of the five exams required by the Society of Actuaries to become an associate of the society. “That was unheard of in those days; employers were impressed,” Reitz said. “Maybe I’m bragging . . . but what I’m really bragging about is the strength of MSU’s math program!”
When James Rodman (B.S., botany and plant pathology, Honors College, ’67) was a student, he worked in the MSU Herbarium. He had little inkling of how much this job would influence the arc of his life. A field trip to Mexico to collect plant specimens with then Herbarium Director John Beaman secured his future in botany and opened his eyes to a world far beyond his hometown of Detroit and Michigan. His endowment honors the place that sent him on his life career and Dr. Beaman.
Michigan State alums Mary and Craig Rosenberg always intended to support MSU when they were able, and both make donations of time as well as money. They see MSU as a very inspirational place, and are impressed with the increased awareness and impact of MSU around the world. The couple finds gratification in being able to donate to their alma mater to help open doors for others and to further the Spartan cause around the world.
One of Roushangar’s best experiences at MSU has been “the opportunity to be an undergraduate research assistant in MSU Associate Professor Brian Schutte’s lab, and being mentored by one of the best graduate students, Youssef Kousa.” He’s also most appreciative of the scholarship support he’s received along the way.