Wilkes University

David Hontz


Solving the Transfer Equation

For David Hontz transferring to Wilkes University was an essential element in his educational equation.

David Hontz, of Buck Township, Pa., graduated from Wilkes with a B.S. in biochemistry, but his college career didn’t start here.

After high school, Hontz enrolled at Luzerne County Community College as the first dual major in biology and chemistry. “I had a lot of professors who kept encouraging me. It was fun.”

Before even picking up a test tube at the community college, Hontz knew he wanted to study biochemistry at Wilkes. He did his homework, researching the transfer process and taking advantage of a dual-enrollment option to take classes at Wilkes while still a student at LCCC, a key element to finishing his bachelor’s degree in four years.

“Wilkes made transferring incredibly easy. The entire process was easy. It was easy to find. It was easy to research. It was completely wonderful.”

His solid science base led Hontz to a summer research position at Wilkes with Will Terzaghi, professor of biology. The following summer, he gained hands-on experience in inorganic chemical research with Adam VanWert, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

With his research experience, as well as classes in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics and graduate-level bioinformatics, Hontz earned a spot in the Ph.D. program in chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At RPI, Hontz focuses on electrochemical research with Peter Dinolfo, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology.

During summer break, Hontz served as an adjunct professor for general chemistry labs at LCCC, getting a head start on his career goal to teach at the college level.

Hontz is grateful for the transfer formula that made higher education possible. “I had incredible support from professors. I would love for people to know about the excellent transfer program at Wilkes.”