Dylan Murphy Health Sciences featured student

The Department of Health Sciences is honored to highlight Dylan Murphy as a featured student this fall semester. Murphy is an environmental health major and chemistry minor from Frankfort, Illinois. He knew he wanted to attend Illinois State University after he visited campus and immediately felt at home.

In his free time, Murphy loves playing with his three dogs and playing hockey. His most memorable experience at Illinois State has been passing an organic chemistry course: “I have never worked harder to understand a subject or to pass a class. Once I passed, I was so relieved and extremely proud of myself.”

Over the summer, Murphy had an internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) where he worked in the toxicology and emergency response units. While interning, he gained insightful experience, which he said was crucial for his long-term educational and career goals. He gained insight into how regulations were created and enforced which will help in steering his goals of possibly working for the EPA in the future. After graduation, he would love to attend graduate school and become an environmental engineer.

Murphy’s advice to the students at Illinois State would be to get to know your professors. Getting to know his professors and seeing how passionate they were about what they do was really exciting and encouraging for him to see. For Murphy, it even made him want to study harder and do better in his classes.

Thank you, Dylan, for being a part of the environmental health family at Illinois State University!

Associate Professor Michael Byrns, Ph.D., nominated Murphy for his strong enthusiasm for environmental health as well as his involvement as an intern at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.