Fourth Floor

Fourth FloorFrom those studying microscopic anomalies in tissue cultures to those analyzing the complex interaction of chemical compounds, students daily fill the research science laboratories at Whittier—particularly under summer stipends and fellowships—tackling challenging topics alongside faculty mentors, and advancing collective knowledge on contemporary issues such as:

  • Genetic dispositions of cancer
  • Prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Biological consequences of pesticide use
  • Impact of evolutionary ecology on indigenous plant and insect populations
  • Alternative and integrative medical treatments

With extensive, adaptable new laboratories—both large-scale and more intimate—featured throughout the top floors, the Science and Learning Center will enable 24/7 access to research equipment and materials. Shared lab spaces between key programs such as biology and chemistry will encourage blended approaches to solving complex problems. Additionally, by eliminating or reducing the more traditional “lab silos,” students in all programs—from the sciences to other disciplines—will have greater exposure to ongoing faculty-guided projects and opportunities.

Highlights

6 24/7 Biochem Research Labs
4 Collaboration Zones
3 Teaching Labs
3 Faculty Offices
2 Flex Classrooms

FACT: More than 80% of Whittier College students who apply to competitive graduate programs in science and medicine are admitted.

An unusually high percentage in comparison to peer schools (Whittier ranks in the top 4%), it is a clear testament to the quality of academic and experiential training and mentorship Whittier students majoring in the sciences receive as undergraduates.

Chemistry major Miles Kubota ’13 and biochemistry major Kristina Little ’12 each conducted three years of extra-curricular research under the guidance of Prof. Ralph Isovitch. As a result, both left Whittier with valuable hands-on experience and skills, professional credits—Kubota, publication in the Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Little, presentation at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting—and clearer direction regarding post-graduate academic and professional plans.

Currently Kubota is enrolled in the highly competitive Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Graduate Program at University of California, Irvine. Little is now a second-year medical student at the University of Texas.

Miles Kutoba“Lab skills learned in class are truly developed in [professional level] research. This was an integral part of my education, and helped guide me to the right graduate program.”

Miles Kutoba ’13, chemistry major
Current Occupation: Ph.D student, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology, University of California, Irvine