The treatment for cancer can sometimes be as devastating — and even as fatal — as the disease itself. For Andrew DePass `21, a biology major enrolled in Quinnipiac’s pre-med track, that’s unacceptable.

DePass spent last summer conducting research at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He worked alongside immunologists studying ways to enhance T cell immunity in cancer patients following chemotherapy and radiation.

When he returned to Quinnipiac, DePass presented his findings at the Quinnipiac Science Technology and Engineering Program (QSTEP). He credits QSTEP and faculty in Quinnipiac’s Department of Biology for their persistent encouragement and feedback.

DePass believes that the experience and support he continues to receive has given him a major advantage, providing him the starting point on his journey as a research scientist. Andrew was recently recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research with their Undergraduate Scholar Award.


As a CAS student, not all of your learning will happen in the classroom.

Experiential learning can come in the form of an internship, study abroad/away experience, co-curricular opportunities (such as academic organizations on campus), research project with faculty, or even independent study. Experiential learning opportunities give you the chance to take your previous classroom learning out into the world and test it out, or to try something entirely new and perhaps develop a new academic interest.

This process of exploration, implementation, and reflection is central to the idea of 360 advising. Each experience becomes a point of learning that helps you evaluate your development as a student and a person; helps you understand your values, interests and goals; and helps you make informed choices about your next steps during your time here and beyond.

As your academic journey progresses, these experience become the core of your professional story as well. Employers are looking for candidates who are not only academically accomplished, but who have also exposed their skills to the real world and learned from that experience. Students entering the marketplace with multiple experiential learning experiences on their resume are not only historically more likely to get hired, they get hired more quickly and make more money!

The College of Arts & Sciences has dozens of experiential learning opportunities. Use this site to explore them and talk with your advisor about which ones interest you the most and how to work them into your academic plan!