Like many students, Ben didn’t realize how well North Central College had prepared him for his career until he graduated. When he arrived at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry to work toward his DDS degree, he quickly discovered that many of his peers had no experience conducting the type of research he had completed at North Central. One classmate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was stunned by Ben’s experience. “He clearly never imagined that a school of just a couple thousand students would turn out science majors with legitimate research experience,” Ben says.
“That exchange made me proud of my North Central background. I enjoyed surprising that classmate. I’m grateful for the opportunities, challenges, great instruction, outstanding people and overall experience that I had at North Central.”
Named North Central’s 2009 Outstanding Major in Chemistry and an Academic All-American, Ben received a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship.