Connections

Chemistry


“I LOVE what I do every day, and I wake up every day looking forward to it. I love to learn, and I can honestly say that I learn something new every day. I get to learn with young people and share my love of learning with them, I get to mostly decide what I do and when. For now, life doesn't get better than this. ” -Regina Stevens-Truss, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Program Information

Professors: Anderson, Bartz, Furchak, Furge (Chair), Slough, T. Smith, Stevens-Truss, Williams

The chemistry program stresses the art of scientific thought and the role of chemistry in society. Chemistry students benefit from a close working relationship with faculty members in an atmosphere that encourages research. Majors can gain preparation suitable for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical and materials engineering, environmental sciences, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, clinical chemistry, or molecular biology. Other professional schools open to chemistry graduates include the following: human, dental, or veterinary medicine; business administration; or patent or environmental law. Majors will also have a background appropriate for becoming a professional research or process chemist in industrial, pharmaceutical, or government laboratories; teaching high school or community college chemistry; doing environmental monitoring or remediation; working in sales, product development, or in laboratory safety; becoming a writer on science topics, working in science libraries or other information services, doing conservation work in art museums; or performing forensic analyses for law enforcement agencies.

Chemistry Department News

Heyl Earns Goldwater

aoulWadhwaThumb Raoul Wadhwa ’17 has won the very competitive and nationally prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those … Continue reading

K at EB

cienceStudentsThumb Two Kalamazoo College chemistry majors, Victoria Osorio ’16 and Sarah Glass ’17, attended the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, Calif. Experimental Biology is a joint meeting of six different societies including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular … Continue reading

Diamonds in the Rough

iggensThumb Tom Higgins ’92 returned to his alma mater in early April as part of a visit coordinated by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society. Higgins talked about “How Undergraduate Research Experiences Can Change Students’ Lives.” He should know.  … Continue reading

Research Reveals Enzyme’s Role in Shifting-Eyed Fish

eslieAndRina Sometimes science uncovers a pretty interesting “what” long before researchers learn that particular “what’s” equally interesting “how.” Two Kalamazoo College alumnae are among the authors of a recently published paper describing HOW certain fish change their eyes to see more … Continue reading

Professor of Chemistry Jeff Bartz is the new Kurt D. Kaufman Chair at Kalamazoo College

Professor of Chemistry and Kurt D. Kaufman Chair Jeff Bartz with some of his students. Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Bartz, Ph.D., is Kalamazoo College’s new Kurt D. Kaufman Chair. His appointment—made at the recommendation of Provost Mickey McDonald and confirmed by the College’s board of trustees—becomes effective July 1, 2015, and runs through June 30, … Continue reading