Cordell Boggs '17

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Giving back to Gettysburg ensures that cherished traditions continue and more students will benefit from great experiences at Gettysburg College — students like Cordell Boggs ’17, who worked to absorb everything available to him in his four years at Gettysburg.

Cordell and a partner student accepted a challenge from Prof. Donald Jameson to step into the chemistry lab and conduct experiments on a topic that even this professor had never tested. Prof. Jameson knew these students had taken his biochemistry course and were equipped to complete this experiment.

“I was impressed by Prof. Jameson’s confidence in us; this gave us confidence in ourselves. He guided us and, the next thing you know, we were making these important decisions.” Cordell was able to tackle a grad school level research project during his undergraduate years. He credits his professors for showing him the way at Gettysburg College through actions and opportunities.

A magna cum laude B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, Cordell was also a star outside of the classroom.  Bullets football team co-captain his senior year, he was selected for Academic All-American First Team, the All-Centennial Conference First Team, and was a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Cordell’s confidence, rooted in his Gettysburg experience, continues even after leaving campus. He persevered in his job search after graduation, knowing that Gettysburg had helped him to build the skills and background necessary to be successful in his field. Within a year of graduating, he found the right fit as a member of a biochemical team.

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