Friday, March 13, 2015

CoST Students take a Husky Career Road Trip!

Biology and chemistry students and faculty at Sanofi-Pasteur.
Students and faculty from the Departments of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry took to the road on February 27 to the Sanofi Pasteur facility in Swiftwater, PA.  Sanofi Pasteur, a global company with headquarters in Lyon France, specializes in the research, development, and production of vaccines. The company manufactures vaccines that protect against 20 different infectious diseases, among them influenza and polio. The students had the opportunity to learn about the company, hear a presentation by their Human Resources staff, receive information on the internship-to-hire program, tour the formulation, filling, inspection and packaging facility, and network with BU alumni and professionals who work there. Among the BU alumni who met with students were Melissa Miller (2004) Joni Lavelle (1984) and Adrianna Rogers. 

Students found the experience to be both fascinating and inspiring.  Natalie Mayo, a health science major, shared that her favorite part of the trip was “exploring the formulation, filling, inspection, and packaging building and learning about their aseptic procedures.” Biology major David Strawn was also “impressed with the measures that are taken on a daily basis to prevent contamination.” Natalie adds that “it was amazing to hear and speak to some Bloomsburg alumni who currently work at the facility.” Adam Kulp, a senior biology manor reports that “the experience was a great opportunity to realize the potential a biology or chemistry student has in the growing field of medicine and vaccines.” Elaine McCauley, a health sciences major, sums up the experience best noting that  the trip “gave me great information about how to apply for jobs there in the future. I really loved it!” 

BAHS students attending were Tri-Beta members Kahli Castagnera, Bryce Foster, Michael Hardler, Katherine Hawkins, Adam Kulp, Natalie Mayo, Elaine McCauley, and David Strawn. Attendees from Chemistry and Biochemistry were Shelby Coleman, Sawyer Davis, Blake Durante, Olivia Fry, James Gamler, Amanda Lacerte, Jocelyn Legere and Chris Rosengrant. Accompanying the group were faculty members Dr. Barry Nolt, Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences and Dr. Eric Hawrelak, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Nathan Conroy, Assistant Director, Alumni and Professional Engagement. Thank you to Professional U and the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement for arranging this Husky Career Road Trip and to Sanofi Pasteur for hosting us!