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Josh Menacher - Mahomet, Ill.

Josh Menacher is a junior at SIUE who is making the most of all that the University has to offer as he prepares for his future. Josh plans to become a health lawyer and is working toward that goal by studying biomedical sciences.

"It's a really important time in the healthcare industry, especially when it comes to legal and policy issues," said Josh. "I chose to study biomedical sciences as an undergraduate because I want gain a solid background on the medical side of things before I begin practicing law."

Josh says that his favorite part of the program is the opportunity for hands-on laboratory experience and the ability to work closely with his professors. "Working in the lab allows us to see what we are studying beyond the textbook and lecture. Faculty members are always there to explain things and help us out. It's clear that they want us to succeed."

Last year, Josh worked with Dr. William Retzlaff, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to secure an internship at NASA where he was part of the hydraulics lab team in Pasadena, Calif. "Dr. Retzlaff was a huge help when it came to finding a great internship opportunity," said Josh. "All of these experiences have helped me in preparing for what the future holds."

Outside of the classroom, Josh is very involved in campus activities and organizations, something he says has made his college experience a well-rounded one, not to mention a lot of fun. In addition to playing intramural sports, Josh is part of STAT, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow. STAT is a group that gets students and alumni in the area together to build relationships and network for job and volunteer opportunities.

Josh also plans to become a student leader during Springboard, a required freshman orientation and course registration program. "I had a great experience during Springboard, and I'm hoping I can help motivate incoming students to start their SIUE careers off on the right foot."

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