NSU Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) Alumni


Display Name

Marta VanStraten


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NSU Major

BS Biology

NSU Minor Degree


NSU Undergraduate Date


NSU Graduate Degree Graduation Date

Minnesota Fellow physician-Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology

Other Institutions of Study

D.O. Osteopathic Medicine - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton c/o 2010

Highest Degree Completed


Current Employer

Mayo Clinic, Rochester


Minnesota Fellow physician-Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology

NSU Experience

What I appreciated most about NSU as an undergrad is the sheer volume of graduate programs available to apply for. From law to medicine, many professional careers were offered to students. The students are lucky to also have offered other career programs such as physician assistant or dentistry, among others. Knowing my biology major was tailored for entry into medical school I was secure that my education prepared me for coursework and fulfilled prerequisites in anticipation of medical school commencement

As an undergrad at NSU, I enjoyed most the college experience overall but on a much smaller/personal scale. I got to meet new people, share ideas, and grow up away from home for the first time. NSUs smaller campus size allowed me to do those things in a less overwhelming environment.

Advice I would like to share includes:

Take advantage of all the programs/clubs/groups the campus life has to offer. Carpe diem!

Sign up for a minor (it can open your world, make you more competitive for jobs/graduate school) and usually costs the same tuition as regular full-time coursework.

Don't underestimate the competition. You can never be too prepared.


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