Meet an Alum

Ben Claxton ('14)

Based on your experience here at UNH, why would you recommend prospective students to attend UNH? In my opinion, UNH is the perfect size. UNH is large enough to host faculty with depth and breadth in the research field with extensive funding, for example, and has an vast number of opportunities for students, but it's also small enough that you're not lost in a crowd.

What are you currently doing? Is your current position related to your undergraduate field(s) of study? I am currently working as a Chapter Advisor for Global Brigades, Inc. Global Brigades is the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Students volunteer in 10 skill-based programs in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. These programs include Medical Brigades, Public Health Brigades, Microfinance Brigades and more. I first became involved with Global Brigades at UNH. GB sparked my interest in public health, sustainable development and non-profit work. This position is the perfect steppingstone for my future career in medicine, research and public health.

How did your UNH education prepare you for your career? My education at UNH gave me the knowledge to jump into my future career feet-first.

What professor influenced you the most during your time here at UNH? Dr. Walker most influenced my time at UNH. He was my BIOL 411 professor my first semester at UNH, and from there, I joined his molecular biology cancer research lab. I had the great honor of working with him for all of my four years at UNH. Not only is a brilliant professor and instructor, but he's also compassionate and invested in his students success. I am forever indebted to Dr. Walker.

What course was the most difficult for you and why? Hmm I would say this is a tie between Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology (aka Cell Hell), which was team taught by Drs. Walker and Fagerberg, and Endocrinology, which was taught by Dr. Tsang. I've call these my two most difficult courses, but they were also my two favorite. They both had an overwhelming crush of information incorporated into the curriculum, but the material was so interesting. The large amounts of material was a blessing and a curse- it made for a few too many sleepless nights, but it also made me a better studier (and student in general) and prepared me for my future career in medicine.