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Gary Burkholder

Gary Burkholder

Laureate Education

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Gary's work combines: Education, Writing, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Vice President; Senior Research Scholar

I teach, mentor, research, and find ways to sustain a culture of evidence and research.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Yucca Valley High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Engineering, General

    University of Washington-Seattle Campus

  • Graduate Degree

    Psychology, General

    University of Rhode Island

  • Doctorate

    Experimental Psychology

    University of Rhode Island

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Psychology, General

    University of Rhode Island

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Bioinformatics Scientists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Engineering, General

Graduate Degree: Psychology, General

Doctorate: Experimental Psychology

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Wanted to be a Wildlife Management Major.

  • 2.

    Switched to History and Foreign Languages because I was not successful in college chemistry.

  • 3.

    Dropped out of school to enlist in the Navy to be a cook.

  • 4.

    Went to Nuclear Power School instead and realized my love for engineering.

  • 5.

    Went back to college with a ROTC scholarship and got my nuclear engineering degree.

  • 6.

    Spent the next 7 years in the Navy.

  • 7.

    Went back to undergraduate to change profession to Psychology.

  • 8.

    Was persuaded to go to graduate school and I got my doctorate in 2000 in Psychology.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You think you are 'too good' for everyone else because you want to go to college.

  • How I responded:

    It was a challenge. It was a long road for me to finish my education, mostly because I did not have the encouragement when I was child to pursue this as an expectation. It took a long time to realize that I had the capacity to do well in school and to become someone better.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I worked very hard while in college - I typically held one full-time job or one or more part-time jobs while I was in school in order to pay for my education. I also availed myself of student loans, but I tried to keep that debt as low as possible.

  • I was the first in my closest family to go to college. I did not have any role models. It took me until I was 40 to finish school. I kept dropping out or interrupting my education, but I persevered and had a lot of encouragement.