Jerabek develops cancer technology, professional skills with Biocept internship

As a junior in college, biology major Grant Jerabek is already taking steps to improve modern cancer technologies. Jerabek’s internship this summer with San Diego, California-based Biocept Inc. takes him into the lab, immersing him in experiments that can be used in develop enhancements for the company’s medical technology. Biocept, a molecular oncology diagnostics company, focuses on biomarker analysis in cancer patients. Its research has resulted in a unique method for liquid biopsy. “They’ve developed a microfluidic device that captures circulating tumor cells in human blood,” Jerabek said ...Read more

MacLeod applies psychology, sociology studies to nonprofit internship

Hastings College senior Brooke MacLeod has her sights set on making a difference in the world, and she is active in her efforts to make a positive impact. “My two goals are to get rid of food insecurity and homelessness. I’m always striving to reduce the number of those demographics,” she said. The sociology and psychology double major spent her 2017 January Term (J-Term) serving the communities surrounding her hometown of Burlington, Colorado, with her internship at the Colorado East Community Action Agency (CECAA). CECAA’s mission is to reduce and eliminate poverty in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit ...Read more

Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium fuels Ocander’s marine biology aspirations

An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf of Mexico. Since that day, she’s aspired to make a positive impact on aquatic ecosystems, despite her roots in the oceanless Midwest. “Sometimes when I tell people that I’m studying marine biology at a college in Nebraska, they ask me, ‘Where is your ocean?’” she said. Ocander found a Nebraskan ocean of sorts during her January Term (J-Term) ...Read more

Piper completes two internships in a single J-Term

Two internships are better than one. Or in sophomore biology major Geena Piper’s case, two internships during a single January Term. Piper has raised the bar and has already started preparing herself for a career after graduation. For the first half of J-Term, Piper, from Norfolk, Nebraska, spent her time shadowing the professionals at Valley County Health Department, a part of the Valley County Health System Hospital, in Ord, Nebraska. “They have four family doctors, three physician assistants (PAs) and a nurse practitioner,” said Piper. “I spent my time shadowing all nine of these medical ...Read more

Internship solidifies Vadeboncoeur’s passion for fitness

J-Term allows students to experience different classes and situations during the month of January that they wouldn’t be able to in a normal semester. For senior Michaela Vadeboncoeur, an Exercise Science major of Broomfield, Colorado, that meant completing an internship at the YMCA in Hastings, Nebraska. “I knew I wanted to do an internship during J-Term since I completed my required courses, so after talking with Kim Graviette from career services, we went to the YMCA to talk with Erika about interning with her,” said Vadeboncoeur. “She said that she would love to have an intern and it all ...Read more

From the classroom to conference, Delphia earns national award for communications research

Hastings College stands out when applying to graduate schools because a majority of its students complete a capstone project. Garrett Delphia stood out with his by winning a national award for best undergraduate paper at the National Communication Association Conference in Philadelphia last fall. ...Read more

Janky shows how soap can change lives at Pacha

Hastings College is more than just an institution of brick and mortar; it’s a family of students, faculty, staff and alumni who share strong bonds of Crimson pride. This family can be especially helpful for students looking for internships or employment, as senior marketing and web communications major Katie Janky recently found out. Janky spent the spring and summer of 2016 working at Pacha Soap, a soap manufacturer located in Hastings founded by Hastings grads Andrew ‘12 and Abi (Burrows) ‘13 Vrbas. Working alongside Abi, the company’s brand manager, Janky created a social media campaign, ...Read more