'11, BS, Biology
Student pursuing his Ph.D.
Kyle is excited to be working on his Ph.D. at The University of Toledo. "I have wanted to be a scientist since I was young," notes Kyle. "The idea of exploring the unknown and discovering new vaccines and findings is so appealing."
After completion of his doctoral studies, Kyle plans to have two professional papers published and later look into several private sector opportunities, as well as governmental or academic options.
Born and raised in Delta, a small town 20 miles west of Toledo, Kyle says his and his family's roots are plated on their homestead and farm. Even if his career takes him to new cities, he plans to return often.
"I cannot thank my family and close friends enough for all of their support. They have been there for me, cheering me on to achieve my academic and professional goals." One of Kyle's biggest obstacles he dealt with was the loss of his father, Roger, in early 2010. "Without my family's support I would never have been able to finish my baccalaureate degree, let alone continue on to graduate school this Fall," Kyle said.
For new students, Kyle recommends they "turn in papers on time, be prepared for surprise quizzes, and never be afraid to ask questions." He also offers sage words from one of his favorite TV shows: "Ask questions, make mistakes, and get messy!"