New College's Pre-Medicine Professional Community gives you the knowledge, experiences, and connections you need to launch a medical career.
New College has a rich history of graduates who pursue careers as doctors. Through individualized comprehensive academic advising and career coaching, in addition to a world-class pre-med science education, Novo Collegiates are well prepared to pursue medical school after graduation.
Dr. Sandra Gilchrist serves as the pre-med faculty advisor helping students pursuing medical school with course planning, navigation of the medical school application process, and connection to academic experiences and resources. Dr. Gilchrist partners with CEO career coaches to ensure students gain experiences that increase pre-med student success through undergraduate research, shadowing, internships, mentorship, networking, MCAT resources, and interview preparation.
Professor Gilchrist has broad research interests in population biology of invertebrates. She has focused her work on crabs and their interactions with other organisms, concentrating research questions about resource use. Most recently, she has worked on questions about interactions between octopuses and hermit crabs in reef and seagrass environments. She also works with terrestrial invertebrates such as mangrove tree crabs and land hermit crabs. Her program in Honduras allows students to experience research abroad on a variety of organisms and systems. She has worked with her students on genetics of coral diseases and of wound healing in marine invertebrates.
She teaches a variety of courses including invertebrate zoology, mangrove ecology, and oceanography. Her broad training in biology and oceanography allows her to support tutorials and internships from feeding behavior of octopuses to work aboard open water research vessels. She and her students present their work regularly at professional conferences.
Biology professor Sandra Gilchrist was a part of a NOAA grant that brought enhancements to the marine center and helped support the beginnings of community outreach in marine studies. She received grants from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for K-12 teacher workshops and a summer science program for underprivileged middle school students to learn about the marine environment. She also spearheaded a gift from the AT&T Foundation to expand the College’s marine science program for elementary and middle school children from low-income families.