How to Make an A in Biology

“Dr. Ylostalo, how can I get an A in your Microbiology class?” A question I often get asked early in the semester by students who seek to succeed in my course. Here are some of the main points of the discussions I have with the students asking this question. These approaches will not only help...
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Tips for Getting into Medical School

Are you interested in health professions? If you are considering going to medical school, then here are some tips that will help you as you prepare. Research Medical schools don’t “require” chemical research, but it can be a big advantage in getting accepted. Here in UMHB’s Chemistry Department the following exciting projects are possible – with prestigious...
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Chemistry Graduate School Application Checklist

At least a year before you submit your graduate school applications, you should start researching schools and building a checklist. Below are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Conduct Web Search to Find the Right Graduate School The majority of graduate school departments have extensive websites of their graduate programs. You can also...
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Understanding the Engineering Method

Engineers and Scientists are often talked about as if they are interchangeable, but it is important for students who are considering a STEM related career to understand that there are actually very significant differences between the two. One way to examine the differences is to look at the methods associated with each. In the book...
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Why Computer Science is in Your Future

One of the most frequent questions I get from my students is why should I study or major in computer science? The Internet has exploded in the last 15 years and with it, so has the use of computers and computing related devices to get online. The Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational...
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Chemistry, Religion & the Trinity

Ever notice in chemistry and science, how some things “come in three’s”? Let’s take a brief quiz… 1. How many basic parts of the atom are there? 3 – Protons, Neutrons, Electrons 2. How many phases of matter are there? 3 – Solid, Liquid, Gas 3. How many types of elements are there? 3 – Metals, Non-Metals, Semi-conductors...
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