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Biology Alumni Spotlight and Careers

With their Biology degrees, our students have had great success in their post-graduate lives following their time in Gallahue Hall. Butler Biology alumni can be found throughout the country, employed at government agencies (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture), major pharmaceutical companies (such as Eli Lilly and Pfizer), and nationally ranked hospitals (such as the Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, ranked as the No. 1 Best Hospital and the Top 2 Best Children’s Hospital in the country, respectively, by US News and Rankings). But success is not defined by a national ranking; our alumni enjoy fulfilling careers in many different fields all over the world.

Butler Biology majors after graduation: 57% graduate/professional school, 26% employed, 12% gap year, 5% seeking employment or additional schooling

Figure based on self-reported data six months after graduation from 2015–2018

Professional or Graduate School and Careers

More than half of Biology majors will undergo additional schooling before employment. When Butler Biology majors do enter the workforce, either immediately following graduation or after additional schooling, they can be found in many different areas of employment. Below are some of the post-graduate schools Butler Biology alumni have attended as well as a small sample of some of the careers our alumni are employed (specific company/organization names and employment titles are withheld for confidentiality). This list is an accumulation of self-reporting (from 2015–2018 survey of graduates) and anecdotal submissions from Butler faculty.

Medical School

  • Auburn University
  • Campbell University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Liberty University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Loyola University
  • Marian University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Midwestern University Chicago
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Ross University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • St. Louis University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Washington
  • West Virginia University
  • Wright State University

Dentistry School

  • *Case Western Reserve University
  • Creighton University
  • Indiana University
  • Marquette University
  • *Midwestern University
  • *New York University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Tufts University
  • University of California San Francisco
  • *University of Colorado
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • *University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania

Other Professional School (Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, Veterinary)

  • Bellarmine University
  • Butler University
  • Franklin College
  • Governors State University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University-Northwest
  • Marshall University
  • Michigan State University
  • New England College
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Salas University
  • Trine University
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • University of Missouri
  • University of the Incarnate Word

Graduate School (Master’s and Doctoral Programs)

  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University
  • Ball State University
  • Butler University
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Georgetown University
  • Green Mountain College
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  • International Business College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Purdue University
  • Purdue University-Fort Wayne
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • San Diego State University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California San Luis Obipso
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • West Point Military Academy
  • Yale University

Career Samples

  • Agricultural Research Scientist
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnology Company Founder
  • Biotechnology Research Scientist
  • Cancer Research Scientist
  • Cell Biology Research Scientist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • College Professor
  • Community Health Research Scientist
  • Dentist – Family Practice
  • Dentist – Oral Surgeon
  • Ecology Conservationist
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food/Beverage Quality Control Manager
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Health Insurance Agent
  • High School Teacher
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hospital Laboratory Technician
  • Lawyer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Medical Device Sales Representative
  • Medical Illustration Designer
  • Medical Research Scientist
  • Medical Scribe
  • Microbiologist
  • Neuroscience Research Scientist
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Optical Group Technician
  • Optometrist
  • Orthopedic Manufacturing Process Validation Engineer
  • Pharmaceutical Company Director
  • Pharmaceutical Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Research Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Physician – Emergency Medicine
  • Physician – Family Medicine
  • Physician – Internal Medicine
  • Physician – Neonatology
  • Physician – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Physician – Pediatrics
  • Physician – Psychiatry
  • Physician – Trauma Surgery
  • Physician Recruitment Company Founder
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Population Health Data Analyst
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Public Health Emergency Coordinator
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Laboratory Technician
  • Research Supplies Sales Representative
  • Toxicologist
  • University Lecturer
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician

Alumni Spotlights

Dr. Kena Swanson: Biology 1998

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine 2003

Director in Viral Vaccines, Pfizer

LCDR Jennifer Cockrill: Biology 2004

Epidemiologist, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (HJF)

MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley 2009
MS in Emerging Infectious Disease, Georgetown University 2010

2019 Hilton Ultimus Brown Alumni Achievement Award recipient
Butler Alumni Awards 2019 | Hilton U. Brown Alumni Achievement Award: LCDR Jennifer A. Cockrill ’04

Dr. Michael Hole: Biology 2008

MD, Stanford University School of Medicine 2014
Pediatric Residency, Harvard University School of Medicine 2017
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Population Health, University of Texas

Co-Founder & Co-Director of StreetCred
2016 Forbes 30 Under 30

Jeremy Baldi: Biology 2009

Co-founder of Archway Physician Recruitment
Co-founder of SimPath