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Flory Fellows Alumni

Elizabeth Smith '11

What did you appreciate about being a Flory Fellow?

"I loved having classes with six to nine other people and getting to know them more intimately. I was with people that I could relate to academically, who understood my desire to learn. I also greatly appreciated the variety of classes that could be offered as honors classes and the option to upgrade non-honors classes. I appreciated the freedom we had in determining what we would read and discuss. This put our learning in our hands."

What are you doing now?

"I am now a social studies teacher in Augusta County, Va. and love it!”

James Doyle '09

What did you appreciate about being a Flory Fellow?

"The faculty expected a lot from the students in honors classes, but the discussions were second to none, and the classes were extremely engaging and rewarding.  In the senior capstone course, some of the brightest students across each of the many fields of study Bridgewater has to offer brought a lot of interesting perspective to the issues, and it was a great opportunity to not only learn from a faculty member, but also each other."

What are you doing now?

"Currently I am working for Serco on a government contract with the US Patent and Trademark office classifying patents in the fields of biology and chemistry.  In addition to classifying patents, I have taken on a role as a mentor and trainer to new hires in the company.”

Julia Stutzman '08

What did you appreciate about being a Flory Fellow?

"I completed a number of honors projects, and while they were a lot of work, I learned more because of them.  As a double major in biology and environmental science, I wouldn't have expected I would be doing an extended analysis of Hamlet and three different movie interpretations of the play, but I did.  I would recommend the Flory Fellows to dedicated and engaged students who like to learn and actively seek out opportunities to do so, particularly outside their own major."

What are you doing now?

"I received my master's in biology from James Madison University in 2011.  My thesis research was on some species of plants from the Galápagos Islands.  I am currently teaching biology labs at JMU, but plan to apply to Ph.D. programs for the fall of 2013.

Elizabeth Lamm '06

What did you appreciate about being a Flory Fellow?

"My experience at Bridgewater College and as a Flory Fellow was invaluable.  By being able to take interesting courses that were also Honors courses as designated by the Flory Fellows program, I was able to challenge myself to conduct in-depth analyses of the various issues and ideas presented either in class or in assignments.  This was a wonderful benefit when I entered law school, as I was already experienced in advanced reasoning as a Flory Fellow."

What are you doing now?

"Since graduating summa cum laude from Bridgewater in 2006, I graduated cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA in June 2009. Currently, I am an associate in the law firm of Anderson, Rudd, Donahue, & McKee, in Cumberland, Maryland, focusing on family law, estate and real property matters.”