Chemistry Graduate Assistant — Southeast Missouri State University
Explain your career path
after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor degree in Chemistry I was offered a formulation laboratory analyst job at Bayer Crop Science Kansas city, MO in 2019. after a little over a year working as a laboratory analysts I realized the work I have been doing was monotonous that it would limit my interest on learning new concepts. after realizing what I really enjoying doing in my life I decided to apply for a Master in Natural Science at Southeast Missouri State University in 2020. I was also offered a chemistry graduate assistantship along with my offer at Southeast. apart from pursuing MNS in chemistry I also teach two of my own general chemistry laboratories for incoming freshman students. I recently got accepted to the University of Kansas for their Ph.D. program in fall 2021, so my future goal would be to complete my Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry to become a professor and teach chemistry to potential students to achieve their goals
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
My major at southeast was ACS approved Chemistry. I have encountered with few things I think would have impacted on the quality. the first is very talented Faculty. I have had connections with almost every faculty in chemistry department and I can say without any doubt that I am one of the lucky ones. they are very talented and welcoming. one thing I notice in our department than any other is that our professors doors are always open for students. the other things is the facilities. we have numerous amount of very expensive/ useful chemistry instrumentation here which will allow you to work on cutting edge research with our talented faculties. the final one I want to point out here is the number of organizations. we have numerous amount of student organizations for prospective students in our department including American Chemical Society Student Chapter, John Stephan Honors society etc:.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
SEMO is higher in ranking in diversity. and specially the department and the faculty there are very welcoming.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
My current thesis mentor Dr. Shaner Sarah.
Share your best college memory.
I was a member in American Chemical Society(ACS) Student Chapter and one of the million exciting things we did in their was to attend ACS national conference where you get to present your research and get to make conversations with worlds most famous scientists. one of the major pros comes along with this opportunity is that the chance you get to explore new citifies along with science.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
I was able to travel and explore what I love the most(science) when I was in ACS student chapter in SEMO. it actually helped me to make connections with greatest people including scientists. I was able to see how science applies to real world. not just that I also was able to make very valuable friends in my life through these opprtunities. I was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society(PTK).
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
self - Discipline As an international student I had to stay away from my loved ones while studying. with no one to look after you, self-discipline will plays an important role in your life. the hardest part is to getting used to that, which applies to most of the better things in the world. but if
Describe Southeast in three words.
Change is inevitable
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Learn to ignore the negativity. An entire sea of water can't sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. similarly, the negativity of the world can't put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.