Raymond Allen

Doctor in Training. Latin Lover. Beekeeper.


I am from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, and I am looking to enter into a M.D./Ph.D. program to become a doctor. I am majoring in chemistry-biology with a minor in Latin to help me with all the medical terminology.

At Ripon, I am a member of the McNair Scholars Program, which helps groups under-represented in graduate school. One of their big focuses is research. This past summer, I had the opportunity to do research on zebrafish larval development with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Barbara Sisson. Zebrafish is a growing and developing model organism which is popular in the scientific community. I wanted to find ways I could help fellow researchers make their model organisms stronger and healthier so they could yield better results in their research.


Ripon is just one of 200 campuses nationwide to host the McNair Scholars program, a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program that encourages students often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. The McNair Scholars program provides opportunities for students to conduct summer research with faculty mentors at Ripon and across the country and present findings before faculty, staff, and peers at the McNair Symposium and other conferences. McNair Scholars also receive guidance on their graduate study search process, complete GRE preparation courses, and visit graduate schools that offer programs in their area of interest.

Since launching the McNair Scholars program at Ripon College in 2008, several students have been successfully placed in summer research internships across the nation and the world. Of those students, many have gone on to pursue graduate work at leading universities.

"I've gotten to know so many different professors. It's really cool getting to know people here."
Hear why we started the EGOR student-run honey bee hives
Hear why we started the EGOR student-run honey bee hives

In my spare time, I serve as head beekeeper for two student-run honey bee hives on the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy. The bees help to pollinate the various flora on the prairie. The honey collected on the prairie is served in the dining hall. As a member of the student-led Environmental Group of Ripon, or EGOR, any student can contribute to this effort or other sustainability initiatives on campus.

"Yay, Scotland!"

Ripon also offers many other great opportunities. I spent a semester studying in St. Andrews, Scotland, and still maintained my coursework. The Ripon College Martial Arts Club is an activity I’m really into, and in Scotland I joined the St. Andrews Boxing Club. Martial Arts has shown me what it is like to be skilled at something other than science. I also have taken part in fencing.

I’m a programming resident assistant and help plan a variety of student activities. As a first-year, I was involved in Student Senate and taking courses in many different areas. I got to see and learn so many things that I wanted to share with the younger class coming in so they can get integrated into Ripon life more quickly.

Individuals who really connect to you can help. I’ve gotten to know so many different professors, and they actually know my name. I can talk to them about different things, and they know what I’m doing. It’s really cool getting to know people here.

Watch us practice floor hockey
Watch us practice floor hockey

Floor hockey and other intramural sports are a big part of student life at Ripon College. Intramural sports run throughout the academic year and provide both competitive and non-competitive recreational outlets for all students. There are no tryouts for intramurals. Watch floor hockey practice. Read more about ways to get involved at Ripon.