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Chemistry Major Graduate School Acceptances 2019

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Marissa Ruschil

Majors: chemistry, biochemistry & molecular biology
Hometown: Katonah, New York
Graduate School: Teachers College, Columbia University
Field of study: communication sciences & disorders

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Entering Dickinson College, I was uncertain of my future career path, though I always enjoyed science. Searching for a plan, I joined the Pre-Health Society to learn about different professions, which sparked my interest in the rehabilitation field. I have chosen speech-language pathology as a future career because I could integrate what I enjoy most including being of service to others, utilizing my technological skills and having the opportunity to engage in research. Being a small liberal-arts college, Dickinson has a close-knit community filled with committed faculty and staff who want students to be the best version of themselves. Dickinson has given me the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses and find my passions, where I have been able to use all the skills taught to me and apply them to my future.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, and receive a solid academic foundation with the clinical and research skills needed to become a competent and compassionate clinician.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Having a love of science, I am double majoring in chemistry and biochemistry & molecular biology. I studied abroad in Norwich, England, in the fall of my junior year, which was an amazing experience because it was the first time I have ever left the country. I have been grateful to engage in research on and off campus with Professor Tiffany Frey and present at multiple conferences. On campus, I am a member of the varsity softball team, a TA for the chemistry department, president of Challah for Hunger, member of the Pre-Health Professional program, copy editor for Dickinson Science Magazine, as well as brother of Alpha Phi Omega. For my service, I received a Raven’s Claw Scholarship that recognizes a senior in the graduating class who demonstrates academic achievement and leadership. I have truly enjoyed being part of the Dickinsonian community, which has given so much to me these past four years.

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Richard Barron

Major: chemistry
Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
Graduate School: University of South Carolina
Field of study: chemistry

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Dickinson has helped me prepare for life after graduation by helping me stick to a schedule as well as learning how to keep committed with a goal over a long-term period. I have also learned valuable skills with teamwork as well as leadership in laboratory environments.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

I am looking forward to expanding upon my current skill set in graduate school in addition to participating in different research projects.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Making connections with my professors in order to succeed in my classes as well as gain useful experience for my future endeavors in chemistry.

Internship Experience

I completed my internship at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Richmond, Va., with Doctor Rebecca Wagner. When I was there, I was able to assist with developing a procedure for the quantification of anti-epileptic drugs in biological matrices utilizing a triple-quad mass spectrometry instrument.

Taylor Bednar

Majors: chemistry, neuroscience
Hometown: Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Ohio State University
Field of study: chemistry

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Wonderful connections with faculty and the skills/knowledge to pursue a future career/education in chemistry.

What are you most anticipating about your career or postgraduate pursuits?

Organic chemistry research in the Ph.D. program.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Participating as a member of the field hockey team and interacting with the chemistry staff.

Internship Experience

Biotelemetry - worked as a certified cardiac technician.

Kendra Bonsey

Majors: chemistry, earth sciences
Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts
Graduate School: University of Arizona
Field of study: environmental chemistry

How has Dickinson prepared you for life after graduation?

Student-faculty research opportunities and opportunities for smaller scale research projects during coursework, focus on improvement of writing.

Internship Experience

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Pennsylvania State University conducting geochemical research.

Eryn Nelson

Major: chemistry
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Graduate School: Georgetown University
Field of study: chemistry

Internship Experience

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (lab assistant - Silver Spring, Maryland) and Merck & Co., Inc. (analytical R&D intern - Rahway, New Jersey)

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Published April 6, 2019