Nadine Lebek '17

I had one of the most amazing experiences in my entire life during my semester at Prato, and it has made me so much more confident and independent. Being able to experience and immerse yourself in another culture is an invaluable experience that has made me more outgoing and active both academically and in my extracurricular activities. Being able to take the courses I needed as a science major while abroad has made my transition back to campus easy and has allowed me to stay on track to graduate.



Tim Earley '17

The Genetics & Biotechnology program is one of the most progressive majors that the University of New Haven offers. When I learned about it at the end of my first year as a Forensic Science student, I immediately knew that I could not pass up the opportunity to learn about the tools and techniques that biologists are developing to help solve some of modern sciences' greatest problems. The courses I’ve taken for the program are always very practical and hands-on, giving me invaluable experience that I will be able to take with me and apply in my research well into the future. The faculty for the program and the entire department are all incredibly passionate about what they do. I am yet to have a professor that hasn’t put everything they have into helping prepare students for the real-world problems they will likely encounter in the future. Overall, the education that I receive from the Genetics & Biotechnology program is incredibly practical and will be useful in any number of biological areas of study, from medicine or forensics to ecology and evolutionary biology.


Sara Graceffo 

Sara Graceffo '17

Genetics has always been a topic that stood out to me, but I didn’t know how much I really loved it until I entered into the Genetics & Biotechnology program at the University of New Haven. I’ve yet to have a biology course that hasn’t fascinated me and challenged my way of thinking; I largely attribute this to the passion and dedication of the faculty members in this program.

The opportunities that I’ve gotten from this program and from the University in general over the past four years have been countless. I was able to study abroad in Prato, Italy as a First-Year student without falling behind in my courses; not many science majors can say that. I also now work as a lab assistant for molecular biology. Now, as I wrap up my senior year, I am doing faculty-mentored research in the cell culture lab as part of my honors thesis. So far, this experience has allowed me to incorporate skills and lab techniques I’ve learned in various courses over the past four years and to see how it all comes together.

After I graduate, I plan on attending grad school to pursue a career in genetic counseling, and I feel that the Genetics & Biotechnology program has me well-prepared for this goal.

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