Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015

Marcia Federici ‘72 helping Mercyhurst student Meaghan Kinkaid. Coming back to pay it forward By Susan Hurley Corbran ‘73

Marcia Federici ’72 believes students today have a hunger to experience what the real world is like, and says she’s in a unique position to help satisfy that hunger. Now retired after a successful career in biotechnology, she spent January back at Mercyhurst, shepherding 17 students through a J-term course she developed on Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Development. J-term, now two years old, allows students to focus exclusively on one course for three weeks. Her students got a peek into the biotechnology industry and a taste of what it’s like to work on a research-and-development team as it tries to bring a new drug to human clinical trials. Why did she do it? “I have the time now that I’m no longer working full time,” she says, “and I have a real passion for teaching and giving back to students.”


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