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Sharon and Kids np“After I graduated, I was doing lab work,” recalls McGill alumnus Sharon King. “It was okay but it wasn’t really what I’d dreamed of doing. Then one day, a friend saw a notice about a job working with kids and science. I decided to apply.” The company was Mad Science, the interview went well — and 19 years later King is the company’s Director of Research and Development.


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lauren rathmell 5She didn’t study biochemistry to become a farmer or an entrepreneur – but that’s how it turned out. After graduating from McGill in 2010 with a degree in biochemistry, Lauren Rathmell helped found Lufa Farms, a hugely innovative venture that grows food year-round in urban rooftop greenhouses. Today, she serves as Lufa Farms’ greenhouse director, overseeing operations, managing cultivation, crop planting, research and development.


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Vince Bruzzese 2In these challenging economic times, it can be hard for science students to know what their next step should be after graduation. For some, unorthodox career choices have paid off handsomely. AND THEN? looks at how McGill alumni took unexpected paths to long-term success.


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