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Melissa Peacock-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011


Senior, Mathematics and Engineering Studies.

I moved to North Carolina from Biloxi, Mississippi in August 2007. I am a senior at Pfeiffer University, majoring in Mathematics and Engineering Studies. Some activities I enjoy are acting, playing tennis, and cooking. I am part of the Math club and Honors Program at Pfeiffer. During my first two years, I worked with Dr. Dollar to examine the effects of speed bumps on roadkill number in the Ankarafantsika National Forest in Madagaskar. During my most recent Milton Rose research, I have been working with Dr. Sutlive and Dr. Walker to examine the walk-run transition and the factors that may affect this transition. In my future research, I will be examining how barefoot or shod walking affects the walk-run transition.

After graduating in December 2010, Melissa is now in the Mechanical Engineering program at Auburn University.

Jacob Parks-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

Senior, parksBiology.

My name is Jacob Parks and I am a senior Biology/Pre-Medical Studies major at Pfeiffer University. I came in with the idea of being a Family Physician after Graduate School, and that is still my plan. I am from Salisbury, NC and have lived there all my entire life on my family's farm. My research over the past three years has consisted of the study of antibiotic resistances in bacterial cultures from Gibson Lake, which is on the Pfeiffer Campus. This year however, the plan is to change the research topic to bacteriophage research and study how they interact with bacterial cultures.

Bailey Greene-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

b_greene_pictureBailey Greene

Bailey Greene is a senior from Asheboro, NC, majoring in biology with minors in math and chemistry. She has been working with Dr. Dane Fisher in the Milton Rose Program. During her freshman year, she worked on agrobacterium transformations of tobacco plants and on Coleus Cv. mutations using UV light. As a sophomore, she worked on a tomato breeding project using heirloom and specially bred tomato varieties. During her junior year, Bailey worked on a project to transform soybeans using agrobacterium, and as a senior, Bailey began work on a project to establish DNA fingerprints for different tomato varieties that could eventually be used to determine if true hybrids have been made when doing crosses.

Learn more about Bailey's research project.

Zach McMichael-Milton Rose Student 2010-2011

Zack McMichael
mcmichaelChemistry and Economics

Zach McMichael is a junior chemistry and economics major, with minors in accounting and mathematics. He is working with Dr. Michael Riemann using numerous propargyl ethers to find a mechanism that creates benzo-cyclo-butenes. BCBs are used mainly as an insulating coat on microchips.

While he is not studying, Zach is a competitive swimmer for the Pfeiffer swim team. He currently has NCAA D2 national time standards in the 100 fly and 200 fly. He is also the president of the newly formed Entrepreneur Club and the Vice-President of the Honors Program.

Learn more about Zach's research project.

Q&A with the Dean

Mark_McCallum_smDr. Mark McCallum has been at the helm of the School of Natural Sciences since 2003. A Pfeiffer faculty member since 1994, McCallum has served as chair of the Departments of Health Sciences and Biology. His research interests include how bacteria become resistant to different antibiotics and how antibiotic resistance can spread within populations of bacteria. McCallum earned a Ph.D. in biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Q: What makes the School of Natural Sciences at Pfeiffer distinctive?

A: The faculty members traditionally have provided a challenging academic experience for our students.  The individual faculty members take the necessary time to serve as mentors both in research and career development for our students.  In both science and math, there is a great deal of collaboration and cooperation in shaping the curriculum.

Q: How do programs and services prepare students for careers in math/science?

A: As part of the university's strategic plan, the School developed a Steeple of Excellence to integrate an undergraduate research/learning model for science education into our curriculum. We want to challenge our students to engage in research inside and outside of the classrooms.  Because of our small class sizes, we can spend more time mentoring students and utilizing activities that model math and science research to engage students. Our goal is to make students active participants in our classrooms and not just passive listeners.

Q: An impressive percentage number of Pfeiffer science graduates pursue advanced degrees. How do you foster this?

A: Approximately two-thirds of our students continue in graduate and/or professional programs after Pfeiffer. The success can be partially attributed to having science/math faculty who provide challenging experiences in the classroom.  However, these individuals also put forth the extra energy to engage students in research outside of the classroom and to work with students in shaping career plans—the science/math faculty work hard to appropriately advise students and take pride in being knowledgeable advisors and mentors. We are very proud of our students' successes.