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The Office of Pre-Professional Advising

James McKneight, J.D. - Pre-Law Advisor
Holcomb, Room 146
(317) 940-9085

Professor McKneight, College of Business, advises all students interested in studying pre-law as well as serves as advisor to the Pre-Law Society.

Professor McKneight came to Butler as an Executive-in-Residence in 2006 and is currently an instructor in management, teaching the Freshman Business Experience and Business Law.  After earning his B.S. in management, specializing in accounting, from Purdue University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, Professor McKneight worked as a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young.  He then served as the chief financial officer for a number of companies, including Summex Corporation where he also served as in-house counsel until 2006 when Summex was sold to WebMD. 

Professor McKneight is available for advising by appointment on Monday and Fridays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Geoff Hoops, Ph.D. - Junior Pre-Health Professions Advisor
Gallahue Hall,

Dr. Hoops earned a B.A. in chemistry at Grinnell College in Iowa, followed by a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1995. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University before coming to Butler in 1999.   He is a professor of chemistry and will be advising freshmen and sophomore level students interested in the health professions including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and physical therapy as well as serving as an advisor to the students who have declared chemistry as their major.


Stacy O'Reilly, Ph.D. - Interim Senior Pre-Health Professions Advisor
Gallahue Hall

Dr. Stacy O'Reilly will be serving as an interim pre-health advisor for the fall 2014 and will work with the junior and senior level pre-health students.  She has been a member of the department of chemistry since the fall of 1996 and served previously as pre-health advisor from 2001 to 2003.  From 2008 until 2014, Dr. O'Reilly was chair of the department of chemistry.  Dr. O'Reilly received her PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in chemistry from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.


Michael Samide Michael Samide, Ph.D. - Senior Pre-Health Professions Advisor
Gallahue Hall, Room 317
(317) 940-9973

Dr. Samide, professor of chemistry, advises junior and senior level students interested in the health professions including medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine and physical therapy. He also advises students who have declared chemistry as their major and first and second year students in the exploratory studies program.

Dr. Samide obtained a B.S in chemistry at Wheaton College in Illinois. He then completed a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Indiana University in 1998. Dr. Samide has been teaching at Butler since 2000. Prior to teaching at Butler he was a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Indiana University.

Dr. Samide offers the following advice to undergraduates:

"I believe that all undergraduate students, but especially those who are serious about continuing their education at a graduate level, need to treat their undergraduate career as a career. Studying and learning is the student's job for the next four years, and it is not an easy job. If you wish to be successful and land a good job or place into a graduate or professional school, put in the time and effort to become the best candidate possible. It's all in your hands!

Dr. Samide is on Sabbatical for Fall 2014.


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Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Local Phone: 317.940.8100
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