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HPAC Committee Members

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is made up of faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds who donate their time to helping students prepare to apply to graduate-level health professions programs.

Most medical, dental, and optometry schools require that a committee letter of recommendation from the home institution accompany a student’s application for admission. To seek such endorsement students must provide the Health Professions Advisory Committee with a dossier including five letters of recommendation (3 from science faculty) by February 1 of the calendar prior to the year in which they would commence their program (16-18 months prior to entry).

Physician assistant programs and veterinary schools do not require committee letters, however these students are welcome and encouraged to attend relevant workshops and events. 

The committee membership during the 2014-2015 academic year includes:

Brenton DeBoef, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Pastore Hall
Phone: 401-874-9480
H. James Harwood, Jr., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Cell and Molecular Biology
Founder and Chief Consultant, Delphi BioMedical Consultants, LLC

Niall Howlett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Phone: 401-874-4306


Kathleen D. Maher, M.A.
Chair, Health Professions Advisory Committee
Assistant Director for National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities, University Honors Program
Lippitt Hall 300C
Phone: 401-874-5875
Andrea A. Rusnock, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Washburn Hall
Phone: 401-874-9021

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