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Morristown, N.J. (November 20, 2019) – "An advanced degree, while beneficial, is not the only way to be successful," said Frances Weis-Garcia, '87. "I define success as using my God-given skills to the best of my ability."

Weis-Garcia, who studied chemistry at the College of Saint Elizabeth, shared this advice to current students at the College's Women in STEM event. This annual event, which highlights women pursuing careers in the field of science, featured a panel of successful alumnae: Weis-Garcia, Johanna O'Bannon, '02, and Michelle Kim, '18. While every alumna had vastly different scientific interests and career-related experiences, each one touted the benefits of attending CSE.

"Because of the connections that I made at CSE, I was able to volunteer for Students2Science, [a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)] and develop invaluable teaching and laboratory experience," recalled Kim, who intends on becoming a biology educator. "The College has great resources for students."

Like Kim, Weis-Garcia benefited from the College's supportive atmosphere. Unsure of what to do upon graduating, Weis-Garcia sought guidance from CSE's faculty members. Instead of going directly to work, they encouraged her to pursue a graduate degree upon leaving CSE. Their mentorship and the internships that Weis-Garcia was able to ascertain made all the difference in her life. Now, she heads the Bi-Institutional Antibody and Bioresource Core Facility (ABCF) for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

For O'Bannon, it was the College's Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and CSE's chapter of the biology honor society Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) that changed her life.

"The best decision I made was to go to CSE," said O'Bannon, a quality control supervisor of microbiology for Ferring Pharmaceuticals. "The College provided me with many female roles models to look up to and I developed great relationships with professors who have helped me throughout my career."

Learn more about CSE's STEM programs here: Biology | Chemistry | Math | Computer Science.

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