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Class of 2016
I will be utilizing my chemistry degree from Indiana University as a consumer product consultant for Nielsen beginning this summer. Selected to work within the “Innovation” branch of the company due to my science background, I will be on a team that work with clients (including P&G, Kraft, Nestle, etc.) to continually improve and refine their product portfolio. Specifically, the knowledge of chemistry I’ve obtained while earning this degree gave me a unique perspective through which to look at our clients’ products. I was able to understand exactly how and why certain products work (for example, why consumers need to use more laundry detergent in hard water versus soft water), and though organic chemistry, have learned how to apply information to solve a variety of problems, both in-class and out of class. The type of knowledge obtained through my chemistry major has proved extremely valuable across many fields, and I couldn’t have been happier with choosing Indiana University.
“I couldn’t have been happier with choosing Indiana University.”
Class of 2016
Choosing to pursue a degree in biochemistry was perhaps the best decision I made in my college career. Of course I loved the curriculum, so I enjoyed studying for most of my classes; however, it was truly the passion of the IU chemistry department that inspired me further. Even in my enormous freshman year general chemistry course, I felt as though the professors were interested in my success and willing to help me achieve it in any way they could. While many classes were challenging, the professors were always available for consultation and always prepared to encourage and inspire. Perhaps most importantly, I felt as though my professors were just as interested in teaching as I was in learning. This passion cultivated my success. The IU Department of Chemistry fosters an environment of student education and success that molded my college experience in more ways than one.
“It was truly the passion of the IU chemistry department that inspired me further.”
Class of 2017
The most beneficial aspects of my undergraduate experience through the IU Chemistry department have been the academic rigor available through the honors classes, the excellent faculty, and the research opportunities I have had throughout my time here. Working on my own personal biochemical project studying copper resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae under Dr. David Giedroc for the past few years has given me the opportunity to work in an exciting and rewarding field and see what my future career path as a researcher may look like.Additionally, the courses and research experiences have directly opened doors for me that have helped further educate me on potential career possibilities. In large part due to my undergraduate research and the courses in chemistry I had taken, I was lucky enough to be an MQ Science Intern at Eli Lilly and Company last summer where I completed developmental organic research, exposing me to a different field of chemistry. In addition, these opportunities have helped me evaluate a future career choice between academia and industry through first-hand experiences in both. Ultimately, the IU Chemistry department has been instrumental in preparing me for whatever my future may hold.
“...the courses and research experiences have directly opened doors for me...”
Class of 2015
Chemistry B.A., Biology B.A.
Having grown up in a small farming community, choosing a large college was out of the question. I felt that I would be overwhelmed and be just a number to all of the Professors instead of a person. Having this in mind, I chose to go to a small private school to further my education. When I was there, I felt that I was missing something and started looking into other college, specifically IU. IU had a great chemistry program and offered a lot of classes that seemed interesting in my major. I decided to make the switch and never looked back. Once I got over the fear of how large IU was, it started to feel like home. I got a job working in a lab (IU being a great research campus there is always opportunities!), joined student groups that helped me grow personally and professionally, and was able the take fun chemistry classes that interested me. The Professors were extremely interested in their students and knew our names and there was always help when I needed it (office hours, teacher assistants, tutors, ect.). IU has allowed me grow and find myself by having all of these resources available to me and I am so happy that I made the switch! The chemistry program is wonderful and the Professors really do care about their students and their success in the classroom and in life!
“The chemistry program is wonderful and the Professors really do care about their students and their success in the classroom and in life!”
Class of 2015
What I like about my major is that it keeps me busy learning about chemistry of the world. It is very interesting to learn about chemistry here at Indiana University. They start you with the basics and build you up to be a great chemist. They provide exceptional professors and more than enough resources for you to succeed in this field of study. My experience with this major here at Indiana University has prepared me by making me more professional, mature and serious about my studies. In addition you become more appreciative of what is going on around you, the chemistry aspect, it is truly incredible. With the professionalism acquired I can certainly look forward to what the future has in store for me.
“It is very interesting to learn about chemistry here at Indiana University. They start you with the basics and build you up to be a great chemist.”
Class of 2015
I like majoring in Chemistry because there has not been one class I've taken in the department that was 'easy'. Every semester, for the most part, has either increased or kept the standard of difficulty the same. I truly appreciate this because it makes my future degree feel more worthwhile. Also, I enjoy participating in my research lab because it has given me hands-on experience as to how most graduate/doctoral chemists work day-to-day, allowing me to further develop my future career goals.
“I enjoy participating in my research lab because it has given me hands-on experience as to how most graduate/doctoral chemists work day-to-day, allowing me to further develop my future career goals.”
Class of 2010
Indiana University has been a phenomenal place for me to pursue a science degree. Starting my freshman year, I was able to do undergraduate research in the virology lab of Professor Tuli Mukhopadhyay through the IFLE and STARS programs. My lab research focused on isolating the Sindbis virus spikes and reconstituting them on HDL-ApoI discs for in vitro analysis of their interaction with host cells' cellular receptors. Being able to join a lab and conduct research as early as my freshman year was a great benefit to my education, since it taught me many biochemistry lab procedures and prepared me for upper-level chemistry courses.
I am also a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity, through which I've met dozens of friends with similar goals. ΑΧΣ has further encouraged me to get involved with many departmental symposiums and community service projects. I hope to attend medical school after graduation, and I feel that my experiences within the chemistry department have been fantastic preparation for a career in medicine.
“I feel that my experiences within the chemistry department have been fantastic preparation for a career in medicine.”