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Undergraduate Opportunities

Study abroad opportunities, community outreach, and research programs are just a few of the benefits of our Undergraduate Program. Here's what a few of our recent graduates say about Purdue Chemistry:

Anna

Anna
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Spanish, Materials Engineering
After Purdue: Ph.D. program in Ceramic Engineering at Missouri S&T
“I really love the intersection of art and science. With the encouragement of my academic adviser, I've taken four semesters of ceramic art classes here at Purdue, along with materials engineering courses to learn more about the material. This has set me on a path in technical ceramics that I will pursue in graduate school.”

August

August
Major: Biochemistry
Minors: Biology
After Purdue: Professional Golfer
“Purdue teaches the value of hard work. We are a university built on old-fashioned effort, and I'm proud that during my time in the classroom and on the golf course, I've learned that anything is possible if you work for it.”

Ben

Ben
Major: ACS Biochemistry
Minors: Spanish, Biology
After Purdue: Scientist at Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis
“Purdue is challenging, yet rewarding. You learn how to question and think, as well as how to work while balancing your own health and life. It is a fun environment that allows you the opportunity to make many memories that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”

Caleb

Caleb
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Computers and Information Technology
After Purdue: Analytical chemist at Covance in Madison, WI 
“A rewarding experience here at Purdue has been participating in National Chemistry Week by performing chemistry demonstrations for elementary school students and introducing them to chemistry for the first time.”

Clairissa

Clairissa
Major: ACS Biochemistry
Minors: English
After Purdue: PhD in Purdue's PULSe program
“As a member of Dr. Angeline Lyon's lab for the past two years, I have a real-world feel for the pace and workload of a full-time research position. This experience has been incredible and motivated me to pursue a research career.”

Dominic

Dominic
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Forensic Science
After Purdue: Research career
“My advisers and mentors always encouraging me to go the extra mile, whether it be taking higher level classes or joining a lab, I've gotten so much more out of my time here than I ever could have on my own.”

Emily

Emily
Major: ACS Biochemistry
Minors: Statistics
After Purdue: Ph.D. program at Purdue in PULSe pursuing Integrative Neuroscience
“This is a place of opportunity. I could have gone to a smaller school, but I chose Purdue because I knew I would have access to world-renowned education and research facilities. I am extremely grateful that the faculty and staff I have encountered here have cared about me.”

Katelynn

Katelynn
Major: Biochemistry
Minors: Forensic Science, Biology, Psychology 
After Purdue: M.D. program at UT Southwestern. 
"Purdue has endless possibilities. There is something here for everyone. I would not be the person I am today without the opportunities I have had here. I was able to study abroad, give back to my community, develop as a leader, and engage in research all within my time here.”

Kaylee

Kaylee
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Forensic Science
After Purdue: Business development position with Groupon in Chicago.
“As a four-year member of the ‘All-American’ Marching Band, I have had the most amazing experiences while pursuing my Chemistry degree. I studied abroad in Spain and Colombia and performed at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.”

Kristof

Kristof
Major: Chemistry, Mathematical Statistics
After Purdue: Ph.D. in Statistics at the University of Washington – Seattle
“Purdue is a tight-knit community that is only possible in a small college town like West Lafayette. Its students, staff, faculty were one of the biggest factors in my decision to come to Purdue, and I’m fortunate to have had such a supportive community around me in my time here.”

Lindsey

Lindsey
Major: ACS Chemistry
Minors: Statistics, Biology, Mathematics
After Purdue: Research & Development as a formulations chemist at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati.
“It has been incredibly rewarding to participate in the College of Science Ambassador Program because I have helped high school students by answering their questions and talking about all of the opportunities that Purdue has given me during my time here.”

Lucas

Lucas
Major: Chemistry
Minors: Nuclear Engineering, Biology
After Purdue: Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Purdue
“I have had many wonderful experiences at Purdue, including minoring in biology and nuclear engineering, and studying in Professor Kenttämaa’s research group, where I learned the inner workings of mass spectrometers used to conduct experiments involving ion-molecule reactions.”

Sara

Sara
Major: ACS Biochemstry
Minors: Psychology, Biology, Global studies
After Purdue: AbbVie, Clinical Trials Operations Development Program, Lake Forest, IL
“I have had a myriad of incredible experiences while at Purdue – from studying abroad in Tanzania where I taught biology and chemistry to secondary school students, to doing research in the Michalski and Tantama labs.”

Sarah

Sarah
Major: ACS Chemistry
Minors: Spanish, Organizational Leadership
After Purdue: Ph.D. Chemistry - University of Arizona
“Purdue has allowed me to follow my academic and athletic dreams to their full potential. I have had the opportunity to study under some of the most qualified professors in the world in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, while being able to compete against some of the best cross country runners in the nation.”

Tucker

Tucker
Major: Chemistry Education
Minors: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
After Purdue: High School Chemistry Teacher, Logansport, IN
“Studying with Professor Towns’ education group helped to prepare me for my future endeavors in more ways than I can count. Teaching is my passion, and I hope to make chemistry an enjoyable and engaging experience for all my future students.”

Valente

Valente
Major: ACS Chemistry
After Purdue: Analytical chemist at Covance in Madison, WI
“There are incredible opportunities here at Purdue for you. And as the first in my family to attend college, I found the right place to show my younger siblings the proper path to achieve a higher education.”

Yan

Yan
Major: Chemistry
After Purdue: M.S. Chemical Biology - Cornell University
“The opportunity to work with Professor Alex Wei and his research group has been valuable experience that I will take with me as a graduate student at Cornell University.”

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