STEMM Idol: Nicole Weckesser '12

Nicole Weckesser ‘12 always had a passion for science.

“I was in AP Bio here and fully enjoyed the science classes while I was at CJ.”

Weckesser will graduate with a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University later this spring. She returned to talk to students about her educational journey on Tuesday, April 17 as part of CJ’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

“What made me interested in pharmacy was that I didn’t like the blood and guts of doctors, so I wanted to stay away from that side of the medical field,” Weckesser shared. “I didn’t do a lot of research into pharmacy when I was in high school. When I was a junior, my dad started talking to me about pharmacy and I looked more into it. Every time I learn something new about the field I still find it fascinating.”

Weckesser added that internships were integral as she went through school.

“I learned a lot from my internship,” Weckesser said. “Starting out my first couple years where I didn’t have my internship, school was difficult. But once I started working out in the field and practicing it, through the internship process, a lot of it came a lot more naturally.”

Weckesser completed one month rotations at pharmacies including those at Miami Valley Hospital, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and Dayton Children’s Hospital. She also had an internship with CVS Pharmacy, where she will be employed after graduation.

“The STEMM fields, including pharmacy and medical fields, are a great career path to go into,” Weckesser noted. “I’ve enjoyed it a lot. If students are interested in that type of career path, it’s very rewarding.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at

Posted April 24, 2018