About The Director
Cynthia M. Handler
Director of Pre-Professional Program, Assistant Professor
B.A., Millikin University
M.S., Ph.D., Ohio State University
Dr. Cynthia Handler has held faculty appointments at Ohio State University, the University of Delaware, Barnard College/Columbia University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Handler is the Director of the Pre-Professional Program at Millikin University, Chair of the Pre-Professional Committee, and Associate Professor of Biology. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Physiological Society, the Canadian Physiological Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.
Dr. Handler has participated in a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) training program for postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Pharmacology at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Handler’s research is focused on integrative studies of thermoregulatory function, including fever and the opioid system. In addition, she has completed a number of studies on the physiological aspects of environmental conditioning. Dr. Handler has published ten peer reviewed papers. Both she and her students have presented research findings at national and regional meetings.
Her teaching responsibilities include a nonmajor course on Biotechnology, Science and Ethics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Neurobiology and Pharmacology as well as a series of interdisciplinary aptitude exam review courses. Dr. Handler is keenly interested in curriculum development and is working with other faculty to develop a series of laboratory exercises that illustrate basic concepts of biology, chemistry, and physics. Dr. Handler is the faculty advisor for Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Pre-Professional honorary fraternity and the PT/OT Association.
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About The Committee
The Pre-Professional Committee, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Handler, interviews students in the program prior to application to professional school, usually in the spring semester of the third year. The interview process evaluates students in several areas including motivation, communication skills, leadership and maturity. The Committee provides a recommendation to the Director of the Pre-Professional Program who writes a composite letter of recommendation on behalf of the committee to the professional schools selected by the student. These letters are part of the secondary application process and are submitted at the request of the student.
Letters of recommendation from university faculty and others also provide information on the student’s academic strengths, non-cognitive attributes and personality. You should discuss your career plans with your professors beginning in the first year of study. All letters of recommendation are forwarded to the Director of the Pre-Professional Program and included in the composite letter of recommendation.