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Pre-Health Program Advisor


Mary Jane Shroyer

Coordinator of Pre-Health Advising

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


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Mary Jane Shroyer

Meet Mary Jane Shroyer

As your pre-health professions advisor, Mary Jane and other faculty and staff will help you with:

  • Course selection
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) preparation
  • Medical and professional school applications
  • Effective interview skills

Working with your pre-health advisor -- as well as with an advisor in your major -- helps you complement your class schedule with courses that prepare you for admission to medical and professional schools.

Years at Knox: 2006 to present
M.S., Oregon State University, 1999
B.S., Truman State University, 1993

Teaching Interests
Microbiology, molecular biology, developmental mathematics, test preparation and test anxiety.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Undergraduate Research Award
Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

"Purification of mitochondrial uracil-DNA glycosylase using Ugi-Sepharose affinity chromatography." Co-authored with S.E. Bennett, J.S. Sung, and D.W. Mosbaugh. Methods in Molecular Biology, 197:211-25 (2002).

"Mutation of an Active Site Residue in Escherichia coli Uracil-DNA Glycosylase: Effect on DNA Binding, Uracil Inhibition and Catalysis." Co-authored with S.E. Bennett, C.D. Putnam, J.A. Tainer and D.W. Mosbaugh. Biochemistry, 38:4834-4845 (1999).

"Protein Mimicry of DNA from Crystal Structures of the Uracil-DNA Glycosylase Inhibitor Protein and its Complex with Escherichia coli Uracil-DNA Glycosylase." Co-authored with C.D. Putnam, A.J. Lundquist, C.D. Mol, A.S. Arvai, D.W. Mosbaugh, and J.A. Tainer. Journal of Molecular Biology, 287:3331-3346 (1999).

"DNA-Sequence Analysis of Gamma-Radiation (Anoxic)-Induced and Spontaneous LacId Mutations in Escherichia coli K-12." Acknowledged for technical assistance by authors N.J. Sargentini and K.C. Smith.
Mutation Research, 309:147-163 (1994).

Purification and Characterization of a Mutant Escherichia coli Uracil-DNA Glycosylase. Poster with D.W. Mosbaugh, American Society for Microbiology Northwest Branch Meeting, Newport, Oregon, 1996.

Uracil-DNA Glycosylase•Inhibitor Complex Structure and Function. Poster with R.J. Sanderson, A.J. Lundquist, H.E. Krokan, C.D. Mol, J.A. Tainer, and D.W. Mosbaugh, Conference on the Fidelity of DNA Replication, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 1995.

Mutational Analysis by DNA Sequencing of umuC-Dependent and umuC-Independent Gamma Radiation Mutagenesis in E. coli. With N.J. Sargentini, Truman State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Kirksville, Missouri, 1993.

Construction of the Plasmid pMJN-50 for the Study of Sulfate Metabolism. Poster with J. Wall, University of Missouri-Columbia REU Research Symposium, Columbia, Missouri, 1991.

Inducible DNA Repair in the Slime Mold Dictyostelium discoideum. With M. Lockhart, Truman State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Kirksville, Missouri, 1991.

Campus & Community Involvement
Member, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Member, NAAHP Grants Committee
Member, Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Site Coordinator, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge Sectional Competition

What Students Say

"Mary Jane's assistance throughout the [medical school] application process was second to none and she was always very quick to respond with any of my questions. Additionally, all of the resources and feedback that she provided made it really simple to make great strides in the strength of my candidacy.... The application process seemed almost too easy."
-Drew Diaz, Chemistry Major and Self-Designed Major in Sports Medicine, Pre-Medicine

"Mary Jane is passionate about her work. Not only is she able to break down the complex journey of applying to medical school into a clear and concise process, but she will guide you every step of the way."
-Roman Magid, Biochemistry Major, French Minor, Pre-Medicine

"Mary Jane is such a great pre-health resource. Read her emails. Go to her seminars. Even if you've gone in previous years, go again. She has so much information to share! She is also super approachable -- if I ever had any questions about medical school preparation, applications, MCAT, whatever, no matter how stupid I felt, I could ask her and she would not only answer my questions, but she would usually offer some other insight that proved invaluable. Being pre-med is stressful but Mary Jane does a huge amount to walk us and help us through."
-Leandra Knapp, Physics Major and Biology Minor, Pre-Medicine

"I came in to class not liking math at all, however Mary Jane made me feel welcomed. She helped me discover and develop my math skills, which in the end gave me a better understanding of mathematics."
-Dushawn Darling, Anthropology and Sociology Major, Social Service and Dance Studies Minor

"I was struggling with the quantitative aspects of my classes, but Instructor Shroyer's CTL class in Mathematics took me farther into the discipline than I ever expected. I wish I had taken it my first term at Knox."
-Eric Meling, Psychology Major, Business and Management Minor

Cooperating Faculty

Judith Thorn
Professor of Biology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1997

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