Kristina Ertel, a 2016 graduate who majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, was awarded both the inaugural Biology Student of the Year and John May Research Awards when she graduated. Kristina came to Marian initially as a Nursing major, but quickly realized that her passion was in biology and switched majors. Despite needing to take a year off to recover from an automobile accident, she was given the support needed to come back and succeed at Marian. She was able to share her expertise in cell biology by assisting with the cell biology laboratory a year after she had taken it. In addition, she presented a continuing medical education workshop approved by the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association to several groups of practicing physical and occupational therapists as part of Marian’s Human Cadaver Dissection program. Kristina was employed as a research technologist at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) working on gene therapy, and began a Ph.D. program at MCW in the fall, 2017.