Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence at EMU

Academic excellence featuring 1:1 with professors, internships and original research prepare EMU students to launch successful careers and further academic pursuits. Cross-cultural study, exploration of values and involvement in athletics and student life experiences shape critical thinkers and team players for success after EMU.

EMU students excel in graduate school

Jordan LutherJordan Luther, bible and religion '15

"EMU’s Bible and Religion Department is a real gem. Working closely with professors helped prepare me for graduate studies in unique ways. The strengths of the Bible and religion faculty became critical ingredients that laid a solid foundation for my communication skills."

Jordan Luther is earning a Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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Joshua Lomas '15Joshua Lomas, liberal arts and business '07

"EMU taught me that success means nothing if I use it to put others down. It is that care for community, which EMU instilled in me, that made me the perfect leader as a success coach." Joshua provides support for students who are current or former members of the foster care system.

Joshua Lomas is pursing a Master's of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Kutztown University.
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Malerie Plank, nursing ’07Malerie Plank

“My nursing professors at EMU seemed to have a broader understanding of the nursing profession that prepared us clinically to be good registered nurses, but also prepared us for further education if we decided to study more.”

Malerie Plank is pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Iowa.
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John Tyson, biblical studies ’09John Tyson

“My academic experience in the Bible and Religion Department was exceptional. Professors were invested in me not only as a student, but as a person. There wasn’t a single occasion in my four years at EMU when a professor wasn’t willing to take an extra question from me or sit down for conversation after class.”

John Tyson received a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2014.
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Jessica Sarriot, peacebuilding and development ’11Jessica Sarriot

“My studies at EMU provided me with a critical peace-focused worldview which has shaped how I approach my past professional and current academic ventures.”

Jessica Sarriot is pursuing a master’s in public affairs at Princeton.
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Karla Martin, biology and pre-physical therapy ’13Karla Martin

“I think my array of undergraduate experiences and what I’ve learned from those opportunities helped me stand out among others. Playing collegiate volleyball, serving as a community adviser and biology student mentor, gaining cross-cultural experience in the Middle East, and participating in organic chemistry research in Hawaii and Guam marked these formative years.”

Karla Martin is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Duke University.
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Corrie Swartzendruber, nursing ’09Corrie Swartzendruber

“I remember sitting in Professor Ann Hershberger’s community health class and discussing the health disparities in our community.”

Corrie Swartzendruber is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the University of Iowa’s department of anesthesia and Family Nurse Practitioner.
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Larisa Zehr, peacebuilding and development ’11Larisa Zehr

“The practical advocacy I engaged with when I was on campus was really important for me and other students to try out what we were learning.”

Larisa Zehr has recently enrolled in the Northeastern University School of Law.
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James Souder, environmental and social sustainability ’13James Souder

“I think my graduate school application was strengthened by a combination of strong undergraduate courses and sincere letters of recommendation from EMU professors.”

James Souder is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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Blair Wilner, bible and religion ’13Blair Wilner

“Having the chance to work closely with professors Peter Dula, Ted Grimsrud, Christian Early, and Nancy Heisey prepared me for graduate work not only because they were generous with their time, but also because they were willing to offer the rigorous critiques I needed to help hone my academic skills.”

Addison Blair Wilner is pursuing a Master of Arts in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He has received a Master of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School.
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Matt Gnagey, economics and peace justice and conflict studies, ’05Matt Gnagey

“The most important lesson I learned at EMU was to make connections between disciplines. A PhD requires a deep dive into one particular field, but my liberal arts background gave me the ability to maintain balance in my life and keep perspective.”

Matt Gnagey is an assistant professor at Weber State (Ogden, Utah). He received his doctorate in agricultural, environmental and development economics in 2014 from The Ohio State University.
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