Recent Graduates of the Department of Chemistry
A B.A. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry prepares a student for a wide range of
career paths, which include but are not limited to the study of Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Many of our students (between a quarter and a third) pursue advanced graduate study in Chemistry or
Biochemistry, while a smaller fraction go on to professional schools in the health sciences. A
significant fraction of our students elect to pursue advanced graduate studies in fields not
usually associated with chemistry, including such things as business, law, public health,
theater, and art. However, the hiring market is currently quite strong for B.A.
graduates in chemistry and biochemistry, and about a third of our students
in recent years have been directly employed after graduation, especially by pharmaceutical
and other life sciences firms. Most of these students seek and successfully
complete an advanced degree after a few years in the work force.
- A survey of graduates from our department over the period 1993-2004 reveals the
- Average number of Chemistry + Biochemistry majors: 15
- Students entering Ph.D. programs in Chemistry or Biochemistry: 28%
- Students entering programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, or dentistry:
- Students entering other advanced degree programs: 8%
- Students directly entering work force: 30%
- Unknown or other: 24%
percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
Postgraduate plans for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, Class of 2004
- Waldemar Auguscinski (chemistry) seeking employment in chemistry
Caginalp (chemistry) will enter the M.S.
program in Chemistry, Binghamton University, in preparation for seeking a
secondary school teaching position
Chapnick (biochemistry) will enter the Ph.D. program in Biochemsitry at
Colorado University in Fall 2006
Chiffer (biochemistry) accepted for a
summer CRTA and 2004-2005 IRTA (research training awards) at the National
Institutes of Health; will seek admission to an M.D. program in 2005
Herman (biochemistry) will enter the Ph.D.
program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University; also
accepted to Cornell-Weill Graduate School, and Brandeis
- Adam Kurish (chemistry) entered the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at
Lee (biochemistry) entered the
Ph.D. program in Biochemistry at Mayo Graduate School of Biochemistry and
Structural Biology; also accepted to Boston University, Brandeis, and
Morris (chemistry) plans uncertain
- Stacy Mui
(chemistry) will enter the
Ph.D. program in Chemistry at Washington University, St. Louis; also accepted
to Georgia Tech, Case Western
Nash (chemistry) seeking
employment in the pharmaceutical industry; then plans to enter a Ph.D. program
Orlando (chemistry) will enter the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the
University of Virginia
Potter (chemistry) will take a
summer position in arson research in a Medical Examiner’s office, Long
Scarselletta (chemistry) accepted for an
IRTA (research training award) at the National Institutes of Health for
2004-2005; will seek admission to an M.D. program in 2005
Watson (biochemistry) accepted to
D.V.M. program at Michigan State
Postgraduate plans for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, Class of 2003
- Brooke Blicher (chemistry): D.D.S. program at Harvard University
- Jeffrey Brown (chemistry): M.D.-Ph.D. program at Boston University.
- Joy Chamberlin (biochemistry): applied for jobs at Bristol-Meyers
Squibb, Prevalere Life Sciences (formerly Oneida Research Services), and
SUNY Upstate Medical Center.
- Peter Gareiss (biochemistry): Ph.D. program in Biophysics and
Structural Biology at the University of Rochester.
- Brad Graham (chemistry): J.D. at Boston University Law School.
- David Hoffman (chemistry): seeking employment
- Anita Jose (chemistry): appying to M.D. programs.
- Benjamin Leslie (chemistry): Ph.D. program in organic chemistry at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- John Malona (chemistry): Ph.D. program in organic chemistry at the
University of Rochester.
- Kristin Raclaw (biochemistry): Ph.D. program in Tumor Biology at
the Mayo Graduate School (Rochester, Minnesota).
- Christopher Reid* (chemistry): Undecided.
- Kelli Wong (chemistry): Will participate in an NSF Summer Research
Grant for organic chemistry in Thailand, followed by Watson Fellowship for
July 2003 to July 2004. Also awarded Fulbright Fellowship for chemistry
research in Freiburg, Germany (declined). Will apply to medical school.
Postgraduate plans for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors, Class of 2002
- Becky Bye (chemistry): J.D. program at the University of Denver Law
School, combined with an M.S. program in environmental engineering at the
Colorado School of Mines.
- Thirza Campbell (chemistry): employment as a research technician
for two years at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
- Jennifer Callinan (chemistry): will enter the J.D. program at
Hofstra Law School in fall 2003
- John-Paul Cardoso (biochemistry): employment at the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) beginning Summer 2002. Plans to begin a
one-year M.S. program in chemical engineereing in January 2003.
- Daniel Fowler (chemistry): M.S. program in synthetic organic
chemistry at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
- Jessica Hieser (chemistry): employment in chemical sales at Tra-Con
Adhesives, a subsidiary of National Starch in the Boston area.
- Claire HeeChoon Lee (chemistry): employment in an analytical
laboratory at Merck for one or two years, followed by optometry school (SUNY
School of Optometry, New York City).
- Kimberly Malecka (chemistry): biochemistry research assistant at
Brigham & Women's Hospital; will enter a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the
University of Pennsylvania in fall 2004.
- Allison McGuerty (biochemistry): M.D. program at the University
at Buffalo School of Medicine.
- Eliza Michiels (chemistry): seeking employment in chemistry or
- Deborah Miller (chemistry): teaching chemistry at the Roland Park
Country School, a private secondary school in Baltimore.
- Arthur Tinoco (chemistry): Ph. D. program in inorganic chemistry at
- Micah Watts (chemistry): M.D. program at the University at Buffalo
School of Medicine.
- Sara Williford (biochemistry): research in basic science at the
National Institutes of Health for two years.
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