Julie Karlsson '23 | Chair of the Board Scholar

Julie Karlsson

Julie Karlsson ’23 is a recipient of the prestigious Chair of the Board Scholarship. She is a pre-medical studies biology major and spent time in Maine studying lobsters with Hood faculty, later presenting her research at a national conference. As she prepares for graduation, Karlsson reflects on her time at Hood and discusses her plans for the future.



  • Biology (B.A.)


  • Biology

Why did you decide to attend Hood College and how did you become interested in your major?

I became interested in biology in high school, and that was also when I became interested in medicine. I loved learning the science behind how the body works and all of the underlying processes, and I still love it. I decided to attend Hood College after talking to Professor Jones, who unfortunately no longer works here, because she cleared up all of my fears about attending a liberal arts school for pre-med. Everyone that I met was so welcoming every time I visited campus, which was a nice difference compared to other schools.

How has receiving the Chair of Board Scholarship benefited you?

Receiving the Chair of the Board Scholarship has allowed me to go through undergraduate schooling without any loans and also allowed me to go to Maine over the summer to do research, which I wouldn't have been able to do without the stipend.

What has been a challenge you faced during your time at Hood and how did you overcome this obstacle?

I have faced several family issues throughout my time at Hood, and I had to miss some classes to go home, and all of my professors were very understanding throughout all of it.

What is your proudest achievement during your time at Hood?

My proudest achievement during my time at Hood is probably founding a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (The pre-professional health honor society) here, with the help of Professor Ensel, which is a great addition to the honor societies Hood already has.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I will be starting a job at Celldex Therapeutics in New Jersey, where I will be a research associate for their lab.

Do you have any advice to offer incoming Hood students?

My advice for incoming Hood students is to take every opportunity to make new friends and attend activities that are offered because you might find your best friends there! Also, take advantage of being at a small school and get to know your professorsyou never know what opportunities they will be able to send your way.