Alumni to share grad school, career expertise with North Central College science students

Apr 01, 2015

Two North Central College alumni pursuing careers in scientific fields will share advice about achieving admission to graduate school and other expertise during a talk on April 9.

The public is invited to meet and hear talks by Matt McCary ’10 and Michale “Shelly” Feaver ’98 Shaw at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Admission is free.

McCary is pursuing a doctorate in biological sciences in the lab of David H. Wise at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is studying the ecology of leaf litter arthropods in woodland ecosystems and has an interest in predator-prey interactions and their impact on food web structure and community dynamics.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at North Central College in 2010. As a student, he spent a summer on the Pacific coast studying salt marsh vegetation through Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. He presented his research at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Missoula, MT.

Shaw is community transformation grant program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she manages a statewide public health initiative focused on policy, systems and environmental changes implemented in 28 communities. She works with the UW Department of Family Medicine to develop and monitor an annual budget of $4.7 million and leverages resources to focus on sustainability.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at North Central College in 1998 and her master of public health degree in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2001. She was North Central College’s Outstanding Major in Biology in 1998 and served as co-president of the College’s chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society.