Biomedical Research Alumni Success Stories

Randolph-Macon alumni in graduate school, and those with healthcare careers all agree: their R-MC education paved the way for their success. Through a challenging curriculum, one-on-one attention from professors who truly care, and a dedicated staff, the R-MC experience prepares students for success.

  • Casey Barber ’13, First-year Student, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biological Chemistry

Casey Barber“I couldn’t have asked for a better or more valuable education,” says Barber of her time at Randolph-Macon. “At R-MC, I conducted research, attended the very first Edge Boot Camp, and reaped the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum. My education gave me the confidence to know I would be competitive in the grad-school application process and beyond. Just as important: I made lifelong connections with staff, faculty, and students.”


  • Sara Hirsch '06, Third-year Medical Student, M.D./Ph.D. Program, St. Louis University School of Medicine

Sarah Hirsch
At R-MC, Hirsch majored in biology and minored in ethics.  She earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2014 from St. Louis University School of Medicine, where she will also earn her M.D.  She was motivated to go into science by a desire to help others. " I chose the M.D./Ph.D. (clinician-scientist) path because I not only wanted to help people on an individual basis, but to more broadly impact the health and well-being of many by increasing our understanding of the underlying disease processes," she says.  Hirsch's experiences at R-MC including research, and the opportunity to do a fellowship at the National Institute of Health - prepared her for career success.  "Ultimately, it was those experiences, and the encouragement of Biology Professor Jim Foster, that led me to pursue the dual doctorate program."