Chemistry major, philosophy minor
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas
"At Hendrix I was perhaps inspired, maybe forced, or somehow convinced that I had to look at my academic strategy critically and decide for myself what I was doing with my four years."
I am a graduate student at the University of Arkansas. In addition to my coursework and teaching studying Physical Chemistry chemistry labs, I am researching the properties of gold nano-cages applied to solar energy conversion.
I worked for approximately two years in Dr. Hatch's research lab designing and performing experiments on the effects of dust deposition on phytoplankton growth in the world's remote oceans
How Hendrix prepared me for success
I was prepared in the practical sense of completing a bachelor's degree in chemistry prior to moving on to graduate school, but I was also prepared in ways that were not obvious until I began graduate work. As I go farther into my graduate experience, there are little surprises each day that make me appreciate even more Hendrix for the great preparation it gave me. I can't list them all here, although major strengths I cultivated at Hendrix include a balance for work and fun, critical thinking skills that serve me well everywhere from academia to grocery shopping, and a love for learning. At Hendrix I was perhaps inspired, maybe forced, or somehow convinced that I had to look at my academic strategy critically and decide for myself what I was doing with my four years. I now feel ahead of many other graduate students with respect to time management and ability to handle a challenging course load.
I hope to complete my Ph.D. in chemistry and return to a small liberal arts environment where I might continue to explore my world through research and teaching. As a chemistry major and philosophy minor I am keenly aware of an apparent rift between the two disciplines, though I will work to show others how much these subjects share and what each can learn from the other.
Get enough sleep. Follow your passion, not your grades. Have enough fun.