Students Accepted into Graduate or Professional Programs

Please join us in congratulating the many Biology alums (or soon to be alums) who were accepted to graduate or professional programs this year

Graduate school 

Joseph Buchman ’13, Biology & Chemistry, Chemistry PhD Program at U of M

Amy Balto ’13, Chemistry, Masters in Food Science at Oregon State University


Medical School

Caitlin Batzlaff ’12, Biology, University of Minnesota

Ryan Bonner ’08, Sociology, University of Minnesota

Brandon Bukowski ’12, Biology, University of Wisconsin

Samantha Gerhardson ’09, Finance and Biology, University of Minnesota Duluth

Kayla Johnson ’13, Biology and Math, University of Minnesota Duluth


Physician Assistant

Kacie Bahr ’12, Biology, Marquette University or St. Kate’s University (deliberating)

Aybike Bakan ’11, Biology, Augsburg College

Courtney Gamrath ’12, Biology, Bethel College

Natasha Germain ’11, Biology, University of Southern California

Nikki Johnson ’13, Biopsychology, Augsburg College

Sarah Kidd ’13, Biology, New York Institute of Technology

Rebecca Reimann ’12, Biology, Augsburg College

Robert Tix ’07, Psychology, Marietta College


Dental School

Beau Hoium ’12, Biology, University of Minnesota


Veterinary School

Camille McAloney ’12, Biology, University of Minnesota


Masters of Public Health

Van Hong ’11, Biology, Touro University

Stef Sanders ’10, Biology, Boston University


Biology Students Receive National Honors

Two Augsburg Biology students were named in national fellowship and scholarship competitions this spring. Students from around the country applied for these programs, and Augsburg is proud to be represented by such dedicated students.

Joe Buchman, Chemistry and Biology major, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will provide $40,500 each year for the first three years of his doctoral study in Chemistry. The selection of these fellows is very competitive and is based on the viability of the student’s proposed research. Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, Dr. Vivian Feng and Dr. Joan Kunz all wrote letters on Joe’s behalf and helped him shape his research proposal. Joe has been admitted to doctoral programs in chemistry at University of Colorado-Boulder, Iowa State University, University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and the University of MN-Twin Cities. He has decided to attend the University of MN.

Allison Zank, Chemistry major and Biology research student, received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a $7,500 award given to students from around the country who excel in STEM and intend to pursue a career in science, math, or engineering. Allison’s enthusiasm for research and its practical application was clear in her application, which was read and reviewed by Augsburg’s Goldwater committee, Dr. David Crowe, Dr. David Murr, Dr. Jody Sorensen, and Dr. David Hanson, as well as by Allison’s recommenders, Dr. Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, Dr. Michael Wentzel, and Sandra Myers (U of M School of Dentistry). Allison is Augsburg’s first female Goldwater Scholar and one of only eight in the state to receive the award.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding students!