Mr. Former Scientist

About Me:

Outgoing Midwesterner living in Boston. I spent 4.5 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a medicinal chemist in discovery research making potential drugs in the lab, using data from these compounds, and designing new compounds to make to treat diseases such as diabetes. Recently just started a pre-MBA internship in business development.


Undergrad School: University of Missouri-Columbia

Undergrad Major: Chemistry

GPA: 3.65

GMAT: 680

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: MSc in Organic Chemistry

School Name: Boston College

Extracurriculars: Mentoring first generation high school students on the college application process

Work History:

Title: Senior Associate-Medicinal Chemistry

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Senior Chemist

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 3 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Would like to move into healthcare investment banking.


Target School: Darden

Status: Accepted

Considering: Cornell Johnson, Emory Goizueta, Tuck, Kenan-Flagler

Rejected: Tuck

Accepted: Cornell Johnson, Emory Goizueta, Kenan-Flagler


  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief |

    Congratulations! You are going to love Darden. So happy to hear you made it. You will have no regrets. And let me point out to our readers that you got in with a 680 GMAT. Why? Because Darden, unlike a lot of other schools, really lives up to its word in doing holistic admissions. I am certain your background as a chemist and your degrees in chemistry made your 680 a non-factor.

    10 months ago
  • mbaMission |

    Hi Mr. Former Scientist! Congratulations on your multiple acceptances! I am sure your Chemistry background and mentorship impressed schools. I assume you are heading to Darden, but if you’re still weighing your options, make sure you consider factors such as: school reputation/placement rates in your target industry, educational approach, cost, location, and community fit. Hopefully you are finding good ways as an admit to virtually connect with your future classmates!

    10 months ago

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