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Holly Maslowski Bullock


The structure at The Citadel helped me learn the discipline that’s needed to manage multiple experiments and goals as a scientist. – Holly Bullock, Class of 2009 SCCC graduate, scientist for the U.S. Army


Holly Maslowski Bullock, The Citadel

Dr. Holly Maslowski Bullock was raised in Cincinnati, OH and is the youngest daughter of a wildlife photographer and a stay at home mom. She graduated a semester early in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

As a cadet, Dr. Bullock served as the President of BioCid, The Citadel’s Biology majors club, as well as presented research at two national conferences, including the International Society for Behavioral Ecology Conference and the National Sigma Xi Symposium. Additionally, she studied abroad a number of times, including six weeks in London, England, a semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and three weeks in Germany at the Goethe-Institut’s Supertintensive German language course. Prior to her semester in Australia, she accompanied Dr. Paul Nolan on a research trip to the Falkland Islands to study the mate-choice behavior of Rockhopper penguins. She credits the Citadel Scholars’ Scholarship, the Rex Skanchy Scholarship for senior biology majors, and the generosity of her parents, for her many opportunities to broaden her horizons by studying abroad. She also credits her study abroad experience with making her realize that The Citadel was her home. She recounts a memory from semester in Australia “during my Aboriginal Studies class, the tutor asked us to close our eyes and think of home; when I did, I saw red-and-white checkered floors and cadets marching while singing cadences in unison. That was a really powerful image to me that really said that The Citadel was where I belonged.”

After graduating, Dr. Bullock was accepted as a PhD. candidate through the Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) at the University of Miami with the intention of becoming a neuroscientist. However, due to the flexible nature of the PIBS program, she had the freedom and encouragement to explore other scientific fields of study and became fascinated with Microbiology and Immunology. During her candidacy, she was selected as a student mentor and received grants from the American Society of Microbiology and from the Medical Faculty Association at the University of Miami.

One of Dr. Bullock’s greatest legacies is the founding of The Mace-Loventinska Fund for Women. As a cadet, she saw many of her friends struggling to continue to afford their tuition with some dropping out for financial reasons. She appreciated and was very grateful for the donors who had made it possible for her to attend The Citadel without any financial burdens. Ms. Bullock strived to one day give back to The Citadel and in 2009, shortly after graduating, she founded the Mace-Loventinska Fund for Women. She wanted to bring recognition to the legacies of the first female graduates of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Nancy Mace and Petra Loventinska. Her goal is to increase the enrollment of bright, motivated young women who are interested in leadership development, teamwork and discipline in the corps of cadets.

She currently works as a scientist for the U.S. Army and lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and Labrador-Red Heeler mix puppy named Socks. She is an avid marathon runner, crossfitter, and cook with her own cooking blog, The Tart’s Kitchen.

Sources:

Holly Maslowski Bullock. (2014) Personal communication.