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Alumni News


Our College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) alumni —more than 12,000 strong across 13 different disciplines— make a difference every day by applying their knowledge and working to improve the common good. We would love to hear from you and keep you up-to-date on all of the great things happening at the College!

Meet Our Alumni



Getting Creative in the Field

May 09, 2022

Mary Donnelly –who recently earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel’s Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) department — loves fieldwork. But instead of marshlands, forests, plains or deserts, Mary has been busy working right here in Philadelphia. Besides getting out into the field, her interests lie particularly in wildlife conservation. So, for her senior research project, Mary found a fun, collaborative way to do both while also sharing her findings with the community.

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Student Interns in Drexel Publishing Group Produce Book Honoring Black Alumni Experience

Feb 10, 2022

A copy of the book A Legacy to Share held up on Drexel's campusDuring Homecoming Weekend, the Drexel Black Alumni Council (DUBAC) launched a special collection of essays. Titled A Legacy to Share, the new book honors over 50 years of history since the first wave of Black students arrived on Drexel’s campus in the late 1960s. Student interns in the Drexel Publishing Group were responsible for copy editing, proofreading and applying styles for formatting the book.

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Students Receive Chemistry Research Experience Through Maryanoff Scholars Program

Nov 18, 2021

Eight students stand with the Maryanoffs and Chemistry Department Head Joe Foley

Thanks to the generous support of Drexel alumni Bruce (BS '69, PhD '72) and Cynthia (BS '72) Maryanoff, selected College of Arts and Sciences students are able to participate in a chemistry research program during the first summer after their freshman year. Here recent Maryanoff Scholars share their research projects and their experience in the program.

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Keisha April MS ’18, PhD ’20 Works to Change Policies, Practices in Criminal Justice

Oct 27, 2021

Keisha April, PhD, a recent graduate of Drexel’s Clinical Psychology PhD program, won the Art Nezu Dissertation Diversity Award for her dissertation “Let’s ‘talk’ about the police: The role of race and the intergenerational transmission of police legitimacy attitudes in the legal socialization of youth.” This prestigious award recognizes an individual whose doctoral dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of professional psychology and diversity and/or multiculturalism.

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An Academic Reckoning: Meet Dane Ward BS ’09 PhD ’13

Sep 08, 2021

Dane Ward and Professor José Andrés Martínez Machado collect native bees in Cienfuegos, CubaAssistant Teaching Professor of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science and Drexel alum Dane Ward, PhD, was recently named an Outstanding Mentor of the Year. Here he discusses the importance of mentorship, expanding access to STEM and equity-based environmental science.

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Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Sharp ‘02 Discusses Co-op Success, Communications Career

Aug 30, 2021

Jessica Sharp, a communication alum and co-founder and principal of Maven Communications, credits her success to her co-op experiences at Drexel. Here she discusses those experiences as well as what she loves about working in the constantly changing field of strategic communications.

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Biological Sciences Alum Mallika Kodavatiganti ’21 Combines Passions for Co-op Success

Jul 12, 2021

Mallika KodavatigantiBiological sciences alum Mallika Kodavatiganti '21 shares how her extracurricular activities, creative experiences and coursework inspired the work she did during co-ops at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education. She was recently honored with a 2021 Cooperative Education Award.

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Creativity Can’t Wait: CoAS Graduates First Class of Creative Writing MFA Students

Jun 30, 2021

A collage of portraits of the students in the MFA Class of 2021Last month, the College of Arts and Sciences graduated its first class of Creative Writing MFA students. The low-residency program launched in the fall of 2019 and has quickly become known as a program with a strong community where the students’ support of one another and their creative reach is inspiring and uplifting. Meet the thirteen members of the Class of 2021.

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Meet Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker Tim Hanlon

Jun 07, 2021

Tim HanlonTim Hanlon is an honors biology major with a concentration in organismal biology and physiology, a minor in neuroscience, certificates in creative writing and in publishing, and is also the outgoing Student Body President. Hanlon recently took the time to reflect on his time at Drexel and share what’s in store for him after graduation.

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Meet Graduate Student Commencement Speaker Angel Hogan

Jun 04, 2021

Angel HoganAngel Hogan is a member of Drexel’s first graduating Creative Writing MFA class. She is an activist, poet and filmmaker. Hogan recently took time from her very busy schedule to tell us a little about herself, the MFA program and her artistic pursuits.

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Two Students, Alum Named 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellows 

May 20, 2021

Maxwell Franklin, Johannes Wagner, and Elizabeth EspinalTwo CoAS graduate students and one recent alumni have received 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to promote research efforts in physics and clinical psychology. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program aims to encourage innovation and creativity in STEM fields by investing in outstanding graduate students through a five-year fellowship program. The fellowship includes three years’ worth of financial support, with an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 awarded to the researcher and their institution.

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The Future is Bright for CoAS Alum Shahmar Beasley ’19, JD ’22

Mar 31, 2021

drexel alum shahmar beasley

In a short time, College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Shahmar Beasley ’19 has accomplished a lot. From being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar to campaigning for various politicians and attending Drexel’s Kline School of Law, Beasley keeps a full calendar.  

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