Jim Register ’81 Molecular Biologist Learned Critical Thinking

RegisterJim Register, a 1981 Texas Christian University graduate of the College of Science and Engineering and the Honors Program, took many valuable lessons away from his Honors College experience that ultimately set him up for success in graduate studies and beyond.

During his time at TCU, he earned departmental honors in biology

“I began to learn how to think… the classroom rigor and background information was useful to me in my graduate school pursuit of my Ph.D.,” he said, “but they did nothing to prepare me to become a scientist.”

Register explained that his honors courses offered a different learning environment that taught him to think critically about his studies and beyond. He appreciated that the honors curriculum helped him to become an effective researcher and critical thinker.

“If not for the Honors Program, I would have been ill prepared for grad school,” he said.

After TCU, Register went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology. Register changed his path to during his graduate studies and completed his postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. Register moved to Iowa shortly after, where he has lived for more than 25 years. He has worked at two agricultural genetics companies in his professional career, most recently at DuPont Pioneer.

Register gave some advice to current John V. Roach Honors College students: “Through the Honors College, you have a wonderful opportunity to expose yourself to a range of different thinking and explore what you believe and why through personal interactions with a variety of intelligent students who are trying to do the same as well as engaged professors who have a true interest in your personal growth. Make it work for you!”

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