What's Next? C of I Seniors Ready for Success

One could never accuse senior McKayla Stevens of coasting toward graduation in her final days at The College of Idaho.

In one, early-April weekend, Stevens drove to Spokane for Phi Alpha Theta, the national honors society for history, to present her research. Then, she hopped a flight to California so she could meet with the California Botanical Society in Santa Barbara to present her honors thesis for biology.

History in Washington, biology in California.  In one weekend.

Stevens, a native of Eastvale, Calif., will graduate in May with a double major in history and biology. She also completed three minors—British Studies, Pre-Health Professions and Classics—as part of the school’s popular PEAK Curriculum. And she did it all while competing for the swimming team, setting more school records and qualifying for more national finals than any swimmer in school history.

Stevens will move on from the C of I to Indiana University in Bloomington, where she has accepted a full scholarship to the School of Medicine’s Ph.D. program in Biomedical Gateway Research.

“I’m leaning toward their integrated physiology department,” Stevens said. “I’d like to continue into a career probably in biomedical research sciences.”

As the road leads away from Idaho for Stevens, she is reminded about what brought her to Caldwell from southern California in 2013.

“I didn’t want to feel like just a number on a piece of paper,” said Stevens, who also considered Stanford University out of high school. “At C of I, they had invested in me from the beginning, before I was even accepted.”

And, as much of a mark as she left on the school during her four years, the C of I community has made an equally big impression on her.

“It’s really felt like a home here,” she concluded with a smile. “It’s always kind of sad to leave home, but I’m sure I’ll find my way back somehow.”

Hunter Brodt (Political Economy and Accounting; Eagle, Idaho):  Will be joining Deloitte's Washington D.C. transfer pricing practice as a consultant.

Maggie Brown (Biology; Gooding, Idaho):  Has been accepted into medical school at the University of Washington after winning Best Oral Presentation in cell and developmental biology at the 42nd West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference at Santa Clara University in California on April 22.

Hailey Chambers (Biology; Boise): Has been accepted into medical school at Duke University. She will begin her studies next year.

Sam Chandler (Mathematics - Computer Science; Boise):  Will spend the summer interning for Hewlett-Packard's Data Science team before moving on to the University of Oregon in the fall, where he will be a part of the school's Mathematics Ph.D program.

Kylie Cooper (Computer Science; Meridian, Idaho): Has already accepted a position as a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Boise.

Cassidy Ferrell (Chemistry; Filer, Idaho):  Will enroll in the master’s program at the University of Idaho to pursue a Master of Science degree in Chemistry.

Blake Franklin (Human Performance and Business Administration; Pendleton, Ore.): Has been accepted into the Idaho State University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, a year-round, three-year doctorate program, beginning this fall in Pocatello.

Rickey Kamimae (Physical Education; Payette, Idaho): Will return to her hometown of Payette to finish her student teaching to complete her certification.  She will also be a softball coach at Payette High School.

Lila Klopfenstein (International Political Economy; Meridian, Idaho): Is entering the JET Program and will be teaching English in Japan starting July 22.

Chadia Mugisha (Anthropology/Sociology; Burundi, East Africa): Has been accepted into the Human Rights Studies program at Columbia University. 

Shayan Shokrgozar (Psychology; Tehran, Iran): Will spend the summer working at Utrecht University in the Netherlands as a Research Assistant in a psychology lab. The program is sponsored by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).

Regan Smith (Health Sciences; Auburn, Wash.):  Will attend the Washington State University School of Pharmacy and participate in its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) program.

Randi Sturtz (Psychology and Spanish; Emmett, Idaho): Will head to Ecuador this fall to teach English with World Teach. Sturtz is studying abroad in San Sebastian, Spain this spring. 

Maggie Tolman (Music Education; Vale, Ore.): Has already been hired to be the elementary music teacher at Central Canyon Elementary in the Vallivue (Idaho) School District next academic year.