Jeffrey White '08

Major: Biology

Minors: Chemistry

Graduate degrees: M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

What do you do for a living?

I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass. I teach undergraduate courses in general biology, organismal biology, limnology, scientific reading & writing, and supervise independent student research projects. I also conduct my own research in freshwater ecology.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

How did it not? The student-centered and passionate faculty, the interdisciplinary approach to thinking and embracing of the liberal arts, the hands-on learning experiences in conducting science -- it all prepared me for graduate school and ultimately a career of providing to my students what I can only hope is the same sort of experiences I had as an undergraduate at SMC.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

Too many to list -- semester break trip to the tropical forests of Costa Rica, field trips in Ecosystem Ecology and Community Ecology with Profs. Hope and McCabe across northern New England, summer breaks living on campus and conducting research in the lab and sampling fishes on Missisquoi Bay with Prof. Facey (including presenting the completed project at an international conference in Montreal). Hiking Mount Mansfield for fun (and botanizing, of course) with Prof. Hope and the summer research students during that last summer on campus -- probably one of the most memorable, spur-of-the-moment things I did and one that highlights the incredible relationships that can form between students and faculty at SMC. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include the fish fry at Prof. Facey's house with the summer Ichthyology class, where we fried up and enjoyed our "research subjects" post data collection.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

SMC offers so many opportunities, support, and individualized resources to its students that the larger schools simply cannot (I know, having attended graduate school at a university with 50,000 undergraduates). Take advantage of all of it, or someone else will. Take risks and allow yourself to be challenged, even if it means leaving your comfort zone. I signed up for a summer research project at SMC working with fish having barely any knowledge of fish biology and not even knowing "limnology" was an actual subject, and here I am now a professor conducting and teaching limnology 10 years later.

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