Rising Stars

Matt dougherty 

Matthew Dougherty ’14

With a major in Biology, and minors in Finance and International Business, Matt has interest in podiatric medicine. He is currently interviewing at schools such as Temple and Miami among others.  He is President of Phi Kappa Sigma, a Senior Fellow in the Admission Department, played varsity baseball, and now enjoys most intramural sports. After hanging up his baseball cleats after an injury, Matt became an avid runner shedding seventy pounds.  Prevention of foot injury was among the many reasons Matt chose podiatry as his field of interest.  

Calvin Varghese 

alvin Varghese ’15

Alvin has the distinct honor of serving as President of the Class of 2015.  He is a Neuroscience major with an unrelenting passion for exercise physiology.  He is President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, leads a nine student board, and directs activities of the association including local and national conferences.  He came to the United States from Saudi Arabia in the 7th grade. He speaks five languages and enjoys tennis.  He is considering both an M.D. and an M.D. Ph.D. program. 


Zeba Hussaini ‘14

Connecting science, ethics, and civic engagement, Zeba has a double major in Biology and Applied Ethics.  She is one of thirteen Fellows of the Center for Science and the Common Good.  Fellows of the Center such as Zeba are recruited from students whose interests and talents suggest the potential to become scientific and civic leaders. Her career path has been most influenced by healthcare in India, and classes in bio-ethics and The Common Intellectual Experience (CIE).  She plans to pursue a field in medicine that affords her the opportunity to practice and write about the highest standards in medical ethics.

Elena Roadcloud

Elena Roadcloud ’16

Elena is a Biology major on the pre-med track with an interest in sports psychiatry.  As a member of the women’s varsity basketball team, she understands first-hand the benefits to athletes in any sport.   This past summer, Elena participated in the FUTURE Program (Fellowships in the Ursinus Transition to an Undergraduate Research Experience).  She gained invaluable skills in the lab and became familiar with writing about her research. The four week intensive research program matched Elena with an upper-classman mentor and scientist and Professor of Biology, Dr. Rebecca Kohn.   


Jeff Erikkala 

Jeffrey Erkkila ’15

Jeff is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major currently studying abroad in the United Kingdom and Italy.  On campus, he is a member of the Biochemistry Club, the club soccer team, a volunteer for Wismer on Wheels, and a valuable resource in Tech Support.  He credits The Brownback-Anders Pre-Health Society, (BAPS) with helping him personally determine his long term goals and options in medicine and health care. 

Tu Pham

Tu Pham ’14

A first generation college student, Tu is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major currently applying to medical school. He envisions a career in surgery with trauma as an area of primary interest. Tu has memberships in the Biology Club, Investment Club, and MAPS.  This past summer, he participated in the Ursinus College Summer Fellows program.  He plays badminton and enjoys a small school atmosphere.

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Rebecca Hollenbach ’13

Rebecca is a recent Ursinus graduate with a degree in Neuroscience. As a student, she explored careers in medicine and the health sciences.  A pivotal summer internship with the MS Society defined a more critical path for her with a future in public health. The young alumna has dedicated a year of service to City Year in Greater Philadelphia, an AmeriCorps program where she provides classroom support in Math and English. Upon completion, she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health. 


Jamira Bowens '17

The young freshman recently launched an undergraduate career at her “dream school.”  Immediately, she jumped into a research opportunity working in tandem with Dr. Corey Straub.  Prior to this experience, she had not been introduced to the usefulness of insects, but, replacing harmful pesticides with insects has turned out to be a cause she embraced.  While Jamira has only begun to explore her options for the future, she envisions career possibilities as a physician or veterinarian.  She says she will follow the path where life leads her.