As an Assistant Professor at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of students (undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate) over these 4 years. In the Department of Chemistry, I am the only female professor on the tenure-track line among 8 chemistry faculty. My presence in academia serves as an example for all women in STEM, and I constantly strive to demonstrate to our students the important work that women are doing in previously male-dominated fields. I am privileged and enjoy the ability to challenge and change the stereotypes typically associated with being a chemist. While at CSU, I have created a seminar class of“ CHEM 1715 as“ that informs and empowers our chemistry majors. Freshmen and sophomore chemistry students are introduced to career opportunities and research across the various disciplines through invited talks by university researchers, industry representatives, and local companies (ie. beverage development, water treatment, chemical industry, and academic research). This course is a "living user's manual" for their chemistry degree and future careers as successful, resourceful chemists. CHEM 1715 was implemented to give students confidence and assurance that they have unlimited options as a chemical specialist. My goal, as a researcher in the field of medicinal organic chemistry, is to create an environment where the topics and tasks associated in chemistry are viewed as conquerable, rather than challenging. It is essential for an academic researcher to provide a path for all students by utilizing collaborations and developing interdisciplinary opportunities for learning and growth. The catalyst of my successes is and has always been my students. I see incredible value in both their present state and their future potential. I lead by example to provide a collaborative and supportive environment to better disseminate their work through publications and national scholarship applications.
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