School of Science & Engineering

Biology Alumni Profile

Biology alum Ben ONealBenjamin O'Neal

  • Ph.D.,¬†University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Franklin College (Indiana) professor

As I've progressed through graduate school into a doctoral program and begun teaching college courses myself, I have become keenly aware of the challenge that it is to instruct and mentor a diverse group of students. I am constantly reflecting on my own experiences as a biology student at AU as I seek to teach and serve my own students. I am amazed when I recall how each Anderson biology professor intentionally invested in the academic and personal lives of their students. Although my interest in wildlife ecology wasn't highly related to the existing curriculum, each of my instructors took a genuine interest in my goals, and saw to it that I was well prepared to pursue that career. Even more important that the education they imparted, these men and women modeled so many things for me in their continual pursuit of learning, their love of family, and their devotion to Christ. My time in the biology program at AU was rich in every way.