Bachelor of Science
I played on the BW men's soccer team for my freshman and sophomore years as a Yellow Jacket. I participated in Weekend of Welcome Freshmen Orientation in 2007 and 2008, and I was also a Summer Orientation Leader in 2008 as a proud leader of the yellow group. I was involved with the American Chemical Society BW chapter and I did independent research under Dr. Ray Shively on the topic of room temperature ionic liquids for use as alternative solvents.
My experience as an independent researcher at BW helped me to get a summer internship with PPG industries as a chemist trainee. After graduation I took a year off from school and I am now studying Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. My current research is advised by Dr. Prashant Kamat and explores the properties of semi-conductor materials and their use for solar cell devices.
Questions and answers
What is your favorite thing about BW?
BW has an incredibly diverse culture and academic environment. There is so much to learn and enjoy at BW for anyone willing to open their eyes. Not only did I enjoy classes in my chemistry major, but I found interest in many other classes completely outside of the scienctific realm. I took classes in critical thinking, fencing, personal fitness, communication and the history of Europe just to name a few. Not only does BW offer you the freedom to choose and diversify your own classroom education, but it allows for a great experience outside of the classroom. In my time at BW I enjoyed the performing arts, became a fan for nearly every Yellow Jacket athletic team and also went to many planned activities put on by BW's student organizations, such as Midnight Madness and Campus Entertainment Productions. The one important part of all of the activities I found myself a part of was the people I met along the way. I met people at BW that I have no doubt will be lifelong friends.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice for students is to get to know your professors. I was told this when I was a freshman and I didn't realize how great of an impact they could have until I was in my senior year. BW's professors are a great link to the world beyond academia. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable about the outside world, but they are wonderful contacts to have when you need a recommendation letter, help on a job search or if you are just in need of some general counseling on life's big decisions.
How did BW help you prepare for life after college?
BW went above and beyond giving me the knowledge and personal tools that I needed to succeed. BW helped me to realize what I really wanted to do with my life and what I was really passionate about. Dr. Jim McCargar, a member of the chemistry faculty, helped to lead me down the road I am going now. It was during a casual conversation on the last day of my senior year that Dr. McCargar helped me to realize what I really wanted to do with my life. The greatest thing BW did for me was to give me a simple nod in the right direction as I was taking my last walk through their doors.
What would you have changed about your undergraduate experience?
The only thing I would change is my involvement early on at BW. If I could go back and do it again, I would have started volunteering and joining student organizations once I arrived on campus. It took me until my second year to realize the joy of meeting new people and how big of an influence they could have on my life.