Why Briar Cliff?

Testimonials for Biology

Ashley Van Cleave

Meet Ashley Van Cleave

“I had never even considered research as a career option until I started working on a research project and realized how much I enjoyed the challenge that research presents,” she said. “Since I had this experience at Briar Cliff, it was an easier transition into my current job.”

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Ikram Omar

Meet Ikram Omar

Step out of your comfort zone and be as involved as possible. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

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Kendra Kersting at The Cliff

Meet Kendra Kersting

"I really enjoyed my time here. I encourage people to try new things and get out of their comfort zone," she said. "I'm so glad I stayed and it was because of the people here."

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Kristen Twedt

Meet Kristin Twedt

"This experience has helped me with my graduate school applications, learning how to present under different situations (classroom vs research presentation) and to different audiences and how to adapt to these differences," said Kristin.

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Carlye Polacek

Meet Carlye Polacek

"I think the biggest lesson you learn being at Briar Cliff is that you can always find a helping hand."

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Jessica Welter

Meet Jessica Welter

“There is an overwhelming feeling that everyone cares about everyone at Briar Cliff.”

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Nicole Hemelberg Golf

Meet Nicole Hemelberg

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

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Olivia Matz Study Abroad Ruins

Meet Olivia Matz

When you leave the country, you quickly realize that the world is a bigger place than what you thought. Now is the time to build those worldwide relationships and connections.

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Tony Kollasch

Meet Tony Kollasch

Academically, I felt that the programs that I was interested in would provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in physical therapy. Coming from a small school, I liked the small class sizes and getting the chance to build a relationship with my teachers. Furthermore, I was drawn in by the sense of community that I felt on campus.

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Meet Sonja Rao

“Scholarships may just be money to some people, but to me it’s the help I need to begin my life and career.”

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