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Service

As stated in my Third Year Review, I am a firm believer in service to others and the
community. Not only is this vital for me but for the communities I am involved in. It
is important to teach students by example, and setting a high standard for helping
others is essential. Listed below is all of my service activities since 2009:
2014 LEAD Lunch. Manchester University, North Manchester,
IN.
2014 Post-baccalaureate program committee. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2013-Present Faculty Executive Committee. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2013 Residence hall floor programs for Lucas Lebbin and
Aubrey Mills. Manchester University, North Manchester,
IN.
2012-present Schwalm Bakeoff evaluator. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2012-present Beta Beta Beta Faculty advisor. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2014 MCAT preparatory class. Manchester University, North
Manchester, IN.
2014 Beta Beta Beta Hillsdale College Guest lecturer. Hillsdale
College, Hillsdale, MI.
2014 Microbiology textbook editor for 3 chapters. Garland
Science.
2014 Celebrity Chef. Manchester University, North
Manchester, IN.
2013 Iron Chef and server for midnight breakfast.
Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2013 Walk into my future. Manchester University, North
Manchester, IN.
2012 New faculty mentor. Manchester University, North
Manchester, IN.
2012 Pharmacy Dean Search Member. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2012 Science Seminar: Writing and Science with Stacy
Erickson. Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2012 Faculty Workshop presentation on Peer reviewed
literature. Manchester University, North Manchester,
IN.
2012 Alumni Days discussion. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2012 Board of Trustees update. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2011-Present Natural Science Division Secretary. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2011 Tipping Point Summer Reading Discussion. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2011 Discussion Day moderator for GMO video. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2011 Biology Faculty Search Committee. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2010 Biology Faculty Search Committee. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2010 Faculty Forum. The Immunology of Leishmania
Infection. Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2010 Science Seminar. The Immunology of Leishmania
Infection. Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2010-2013 Scholarship Day, Manchester University, North
Manchester, IN.
2010-2011 Founders and Faculty Scholars Day, Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2009-2011 Student Research Symposium Faculty Evaluator.
Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.
2009-Present Biology Chemistry Council Committee. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2010-Present Science Olympiad Facilitator. Planned and staffed for 3
events for B and C divisions. Manchester University,
North Manchester, IN.
2008-2014 Lecture: Infectious Disease, Immunology, and
Epidemiology and the Cardiovascular System.
Expanding Your Horizons, University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, IN. Taught 6-8
th
grade girls considered at
risk for dropping out of High School about Science and
the careers in the field.
2011-2013 Court Appointed Special Advocate. Kosciusko County.
Assisted court and families with the best placement for
their children.
2010-2013 Institutional Review Board Member. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2010-2011 New Ventures Committee Member. Manchester
University, North Manchester, IN.
2010 Kaneb Center Lecture on Faculty Job searches.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
2009 Read for the Record. Promoting reading and literacy for
elementary school children. North Manchester, IN.
2008 Lecture: The Cardiovascular System. Ms. Wizard Day.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Taught 5-7
grade girls about blood, circulation, and the heart as a
program to increase science interest in girls.
2008 Northern Indiana Regional Science Fair Judge.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Judged 4-8
grade science fair projects for ribbon placement.

Service to the University, department, and division
Most of my service is focused in this area as it makes the most sense to me. It is
important to be involved at the University in order to be a good colleague and
member of the University community. Without involvement, it would be difficult to
connect with colleagues and have a productive work environment.
I greatly enjoy advising, although it can be frustrating and exhausting. It is
rewarding to help guide and mentor students. I love figuring out what the students
passion is and what really gets them excited. When all the pieces start to click it is a
magical moment for the student and for me. I advise for a wide range of students:
biology, biology-chemistry, medical technology, and pre-pharmacy. I also have been
involved with the First Year Seminar advising for the past two years. I have advised
176 students since I began at Manchester. On average I have about 40 advisees
each year, which is more than many people in my department and the university. I
often co-advise students because I dont have the time to formally take them on as
advisees but can offer a second opinion.
In addition to advising students on course selection and career choice, I frequently
write recommendation letters. On average I write letters for 20 students a year,
each averaging 10 letters each. It takes time and patience to get to know the
students well enough to write convincing letters for them. As part of advising and
mentoring, I also help them craft their resumes and personal statements (often
going through four or five revisions). This attention allows students to put their
best effort forward for competitive graduate and research experiences. One of my
former students let me know that all of our combined hard work literally paid off: I
just received some really good news about starting the PA program. I was chosen by
the Grant Committee to be 1 of 10 students in the class of 2016 (about 80 of us) to
receive a $44,000 stipend. Thank you so much for reading and providing feedback
on the essay for the application! This is a huge stress reliever right now as I deal
with moving, paper work and other stuff before moving May 9th. Todd Byrket
Another student let me know she won a prestigious scholarship last year:
Everything else is going well, but the main reason why I wanted to email you is that
I really can't thank you enough for writing the letters of recommendation this past
fall. Your guidance and compliments along with my hard work has really paid
off...literally. If I had your number I would've called, but I had to let you know
somehow that I was contacted this afternoon from a lady at the American
Proficiency Institute. She said that I was 1 of 5 in the nation to receive their
scholarship for the amount of $2,000!!! I really can't believe it, and it will help out
quite a bit. Thank you again Dr. P it means so much to me! Kaitlyn Schmidt


Over the last five years, I have also made strides as the Medical Technology Director.
This major is still quite small, but I have made it a priority to advocate for
recruitment and advertising. I have added an additional clinical hospital site to the
choices our students can attend for their clinical experience. Every year, I speak to
more prospective students about this major than the previous year. I also speak to
more current students about transitioning to this major either through the 3 +1
program or through the biology-chemistry major with a bit of tweaking for
completion to occur after graduation.
A large portion of this service is to the University in the form of committee work.
While this means many meetings and hours spent to construct the materials for the
committees to work, it is meaningful and constructive. I have served on the biology-
chemistry council since I was hired, even before I was given a formal committee
assignment. I have also been on three search committees and Institutional Review
Board. More recently I am involved on Faculty Executive Committee and the Post-
Baccalaureate Committee. I actually enjoy working within the campus community
and being able to work toward common goals. I especially enjoy being able to work
with a diverse range of colleagues and departments. It is very satisfying to see your
hard work and dedication being used and implemented. It is also refreshing to be
able to discuss and learn from a broad range of fellow faculty to make the University
better.
While I appreciate and enjoy committee work, it is the time I spend with students
that renews my energy and makes me the happiest. I think it is necessary for faculty
to be real people, not just academics. I am very involved with students in many
different capacities. Outside of academics, I have restarted our biology honorary
and we are part of the national Beta Beta Beta honorary. As the club mentor, I am at
all events and meetings and work closely with the students to ensure a successful
club. I have also participated in 14 floor programs since 2009. These vary from
baking brownies to ice cream making but always center on food as it is a hobby of
mine that students seem to enjoy. I like being able to help the RA plan a successful
program and meet students that I dont have in class. It also helps to show students
that faculty are real people with other interests and desires. I find it so rewarding to
help our students become well-rounded individuals by leading through example.
Another example of my commitment to meeting student needs is starting an MCAT
preparatory class. Many students struggle with this exam and I had many
conversations with parents and Dean Sharfman about how we could remedy this or
help our students be more successful. I asked Kristen Short to assist me, as it would
be more useful to have two faculty to answer questions and prepare the lectures.
We spent five weeks preparing material and assisting students. The students told us
that it was very helpful and insightful even if they were overwhelmed. Time will tell
if this course will really help students be more successful, but I think that it is useful
and prepares them more than they were able to on their own.

Service to the Profession
I have been very dedicated to two extraordinary programs to motivate young
scientists, especially women. Expanding Your Horizons is a national program with a
local chapter at the University of Notre Dame, and is focused on getting at risk young
women interested in science and science-based careers. I have been involved with
this program for six years and participate regularly to ensure that young girls
become motivated to stay in school and pursue a college degree. The program
focuses not only on the excitement of science but the personal story behind how we
got to where we are so that they can really connect with a professional. I love being
able to interact with these girls and share my passion for biology. I also participate
every year in the Science Olympiad. On average, I facilitate four events (microbe
mission, food science, epidemiology, protein folding) each January with the help of a
dedicated group of students. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to facilitate
these activities. Every year we hear how well our Science Olympiad is run and how
much the students enjoy it. With the help of our students I was even able to run four
activities while I was traveling for January term. It is important to encourage and
stimulate young science students so that we will continue to have future scientists.
I am also a member of several professional societies. In particular, I was a member
of the steering committee of the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association and
helped plan one of our meetings. The meeting was a success and was well attended.
I also recently edited three chapters of a now published microbiology textbook for
Garland Science publishing.
Service to the Community
This is the most challenging aspect of my service, and an area I am working on
improving by looking into alternative volunteer opportunities with the Humane
Society of St. Joseph County. I was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in
Kosciusko County for two years. I found this volunteer work exceptionally difficult
but incredibly rewarding. Working with four different families over my two years
as a CASA taught me an appreciation for the struggles these families and children
deal with on a regular basis. This volunteer position is such a necessary and under
appreciated opportunity that I was sad that I could no longer be a part of it. Since I
moved to South Bend, it doesnt make sense for me to volunteer in Kosciusko
County and I cannot be a CASA in St. Joseph County because my husband oversees
the courtroom where those cases are held. I am hopeful that I can find another
rewarding and useful volunteer position to fulfill my desire to contribute to my
community.