Using Your Degree



Student measuring liquids in lab

Using Your Degree

Students who have completed a chemistry or biochemistry major at St. Kate’s go on to successful careers in academia, government and industry, for such companies as 3M and Ecolab.

A St. Kate’s degree is also excellent preparation for other professions in areas such as medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, patent law and technical writing.

Our alumnae include:

  • Jean Whaley, a senior research investigator for Bristol-Myers-Squibb. (She went on to receive a doctorate from Harvard.)
  • Catherine Bendel, a pediatrician and faculty member at the University of Minnesota.
  • Shilpa Seshadri, senior clinical database developer at Medtronic.
  • Kim Paulsen, research scientist at DiaSorin Inc.
  • Mary Thompson, CSJ, a professor emerita of chemistry at St. Kate’s. (She received the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers and in the Chemical Sciences.)
  • Shannon Comer, a quality assurance manager at Maple Island Foods.
  • Sharon Koll, a clinical lab scientist at Regions Hospital. (She double majored in chemistry and biology at St. Kate's.)
  • Deepa de Alwis, an agricultural chemical advisor at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and project manager for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Other positions held by recent St. Kate’s graduates:

  • Quality engineer for Medtronic Cardiovascular
  • Chemist, Upsher Smith pharmaceutical company
  • Formulation chemist, institutional development, Ecolab
  • Regulatory analyst, 3M
  • Director of clinical chemistry labs at Mayo Hospital

Graduate School​

Your chemistry degree from St. Kate’s will open doors for advanced study in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as graduate work in other areas. Alumna Kathryn Shaffer, for example, pursued family medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Many of our students have been accepted to prestigious programs at institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, University of Southern California, Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington.

Other recent examples:

  • Ph.D. program in organic and polymer chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D. program studying physical chemistry, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. program in molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, Mayo Graduate School-School of Medicine
  • Ph.D. program in inorganic chemistry, Brown University
  • Ph.D. program, joint M.I.T./Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Physician’s assistant program, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Ph.D. program in pharmacology, University of Minnesota
  • M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Master’s program in environmental engineering, Michigan Tech University