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August 28, 2010

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August 28, 2010

I graduated from LBC as a pre-medical student in 1976, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Although I had not requested placement services in anticipation of my graduation, I was approached by a major pharmaceutical company who offered me my choice of jobs as a research assistant. This meant that I had an excellent job BEFORE I had even graduated! After several successful years, I resumed my plan to attend medical school and subsequently earned my Doctor of Medicine. I also earned a Masters Degree in Public Health. The bottom line for me is this: LBC provided me with an excellent educational foundation that openened numerous doors for me, and that has ensured my success in all my professional endeavors.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as an undergraduate student at Lyman Briggs College from 1972-1976.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

... the superb educational opportunities LBC offers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

... enthusiastic and uniformly supportive and helpful. I remained in contact with several staff members for decades after my graduation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... expand the number of students it could reach, increase financial support, and broaden its curriculum and staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 25, 2010

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August 25, 2010

Lyman Briggs College provides a unique experience to science and math undergraduates. I see several key advantages of the program: 1. As a residential college, Briggs provides a sense of community and support to students who might otherwise be overwhelmed in a large state university. 2. Professors for the Briggs programs are selected because they are truly interested in teaching undergraduates. So many times a large research universities, undergraduates are treated as a necessary nuisance. At Briggs, I never felt second class to graduate students or research projects. 3. The Briggs program is designed to encourage science and math majors to broaden their intellectual horizons, and to make room in their class schedules for humanities, social sciences, art, and all of the other wonderful disciplines that highly-focused science majors sometimes miss out on.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own educational experience, in my career, and through the impact on several family members who also participated in the program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fabulous education that I received

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Absolutely committed to teaching excellence, and truly interested in their students.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Improve labs and infrastructure

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 24, 2010

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August 24, 2010

I am a 2002 graduate of LBC and the skills I learned at Briggs have served me well in the workplace and at graduate school. In addition to a very strong scientific academic preparation, Briggs gave me an edge on writing skills and working in small groups and teams. Sensitivity to the social implications of science and technology is key in medical school and clinical training, especially when applied to issues of patient education, informed consent, and policy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Better writing skills in the workplace; higher awareness of societal issues arising from new technologies or popular perceptions of science, which has been valuable in medical school; strong ability to work/learn in small groups and teams.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

August 24, 2010

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August 24, 2010

An early alum, and 32 years later, my son is also a recent LBC grad. The fully developed picture of science in society and the broad scientific curriculum in the context of a living community with shared interests within a megaversity make LBC@MSU an experience like no other.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

preparing me for an exciting life's work in technology

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 19, 2010

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August 19, 2010

For students looking at a major in the sciences, LBC is a gem within the broader MSU community. Although I am a significantly older alumnus, the program has maintained its core since I attended. That core is to produce critical thinking graduates who have skills beyond their focused area of discipline. Graduates gain not only a deep knowledge and capability of their "science focus", but also of other important areas such as societal impacts of that science. The broader education I experienced from LBC has been instrumental in my career, by allowing me to operate at a more strategic as opposed to tactical level. More recently, I have provided both formal and informal external advising and am gratified that the program has only gotten better. Faculty members, while carrying a partial appointment in other departments and carrying on research, continue to be very focused on providing an excellent educational experience to students with classroom teaching, research activities, and student mentoring.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I graduated from Lyman Briggs and attribute a great deal of my success to the program there. My recent involvement with them has further validated my feeling that they are doing great things. I was amazed with the hiqh quality of recent LBC graduates.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mission, people, and results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Approachable and collegial; motivated and interested in delivering on their mission and in getting even better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop an even richer experience for students via alternative teaching approaches and additional research opportunities; assist needy students with financial support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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