Andrew Zulch '19 says his favorite thing about Elms is the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences building. "The labs in there are so cool," he said.

STEM Scholar Profile: Andrew Zulch

 Andrew Zulch '19 says his favorite thing about Elms is the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences building. "The labs in there are so cool," he said.

STEM Scholar Profile: Andrew Zulch ’19

STEM scholar Andrew Zulch ’19 of Ludlow, Mass., didn’t have to look far for academic inspiration: He saw his older brother Michael – a member of the Elms Class of 2017 – doing biological research as an undergraduate, and he thought it was so cool that he came to Elms too.

“Michael’s work on the microbes in horses sounded really, really neat, so I decided I’d look into it more,” Andrew said. “And I actually really fell in love with biology and chemistry.” So much in love, in fact, that he’s now a double major in biology and chemistry.

He knew from the start that Elms was the school for him. “I didn’t apply to other schools, because I was kind of set on going to Elms,” he said. “My mom went here, and my brother went here and said he loved it.”

He has five brothers, so paying for school is a challenge; the ElmSTEM program has made it possible for Andrew to start his scientific career. “The STEM scholarship allows me to come here, which is awesome, because it was my first and only choice,” he said. Also, the program’s mandatory tutoring sessions and meetings give the STEM scholars academic support and allow them to get to know each other.

“My favorite thing about Elms has to be the new science building. The labs in there are so cool,” he said.

Andrew, a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School in Chicopee, also loves the small-school community at Elms. “Everyone says Elms is great, great community,” he said, “but when I actually came here – it really is. I was surprised to see that. I honestly thought it was just something that people said, but I think they really live what they teach here.”