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Hendrix Science Students Explore Research Careers through EPROACH

Hendrix at EPROACH

CONWAY, Ark. (July 28, 2015) – Four Hendrix College students explored career possibilities in atmospheric chemistry research in an intensive two-week program at Storm Peak Lab and the Colorado Front Range.

The Hendrix student participants were:

  • Abby Gatmaitan ’17
  • Jennifer Kim ‘17
  • Adrian Shuler ‘17
  • Ryan Tuminello ‘18    

Hendrix chemistry professor Courtney D. Hatch ’00 developed Experiences in Professional Research Organizations and Atmospheric Chemistry at Hendrix (EPROACH) with the support of the Morris and Ann Henry Odyssey Professorship to provide Hendrix chemistry students the opportunity to gain Odyssey credit while exploring their interests in pursuing professional research careers in the sciences, particularly atmospheric chemistry. 

EPROACH program activities included (1) informal meetings with a variety of research scientists at all stages of their careers, (2) personal tours of academic, professional and government laboratories, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and the National Ice Core Lab (NICL) among others, and (3) high-altitude atmospheric measurements at Storm Peak Laboratory atop Mt. Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

“I created the EPROACH program in response to my own ignorance of chemical research careers as an undergraduate at Hendrix. It is true that you don’t know what you don’t know. The intended outcome of this program was to enhance awareness of opportunities, skills, and pathways for careers in the chemical and geochemical sciences,” Hatch said. “My hope is that the students who participated in EPROACH this year are now more aware of the vast array of opportunities for research careers and will give themselves time to reflect on the experience to help them gain a greater understanding of their future role in the chemical sciences.”

Read more about their experience in this Steamboat Today article.

About Hendrix College

Hendrix College is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1876 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884, Hendrix is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges and is nationally recognized in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings for academic quality, community, innovation, and value. For more information, visit