Last summer (2017), I was invited to Jena Bioscience in Jena, Germany for a 12-week internship funded by the DAAD of Germany. The B.S. Do not be scared to ask questions. NewsMore News » UConn Launches U-Kindness Initiative Student Affairs, in partnership with other departments, has launched the new U-Kindness initiative, a University-wide initiative intended to inform, engage, and connect with students throughout the University during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early choice of a research advisor and dissertation topic allows the student and the committee to design a plan of study best suited to the student. The Chemistry Graduate Student Association (ChemGSA) represents the department's graduate student body and coordinates events throughout the academic year. In my perspective, I deeply believe that time management is the key to accomplish the balance between my research, classes, teaching and my personal life. She received her undergraduate degree from UConn in biomedical engineering with minors in material science and chemistry. When my brain gets tired from thinking, I play a few games of Solitaire on my PC and get back to work after I win a number of times. Center for Open Research Resources & Equipment, Celebrate 20 Years: Create a Vision for the Future. Introduction. Why did you choose a graduate degree in Chemistry? Research Group: Alfredo Angeles-Boza Lab / Eric May Lab (MCB), Academic/Research Focus: Biophysical Chemistry, Computational/Theoretical Biochemistry, Scholarships/Awards: Bobbitt-Chou Graduate Summer Research Fellowship, Masterton-Hurley Teaching Award, Clubs/Activities: Research Mentor, McNair Scholars Program Organizer, UConn Chem-MCB Symposium 2019, Joint Safety Team 2018-2019, Graduate Students Advisory Committee 2016-2017. 2020-21. I’m drawn to academia for the relative freedom it affords one, so I either see myself pursuing a research position or a teaching position or a mixture of both. Your health is more important than your work. There will be plenty of opportunities for graduate students and students pursuing advanced degrees to conduct research in the new building. This has helped me avoid wasting time during the day. I honestly underestimated how rough the winters could be up here in Connecticut. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut is rooted in academic rigor and innovative research collaboration, supporting students and alumni in the achievement of their academic and professional goals. First, the language challenge. I envision myself being in academia, mainly focusing on showing students how Chemistry is relevant in their lives and helping in molding aspiring scientists interested in Chemistry research. What are your plans after you secure your degree? Basically, I try to do as much as possible on campus during the day. Please briefly describe your internship experience and the impact it has had on you. Another aspect that pulled me into the group was how involved Dr. Gascón is with the community. I would like to get a teaching postdoc position for a few years. Furthermore, seeing students have that “Eureka” moment where they suddenly see/comprehend the molecular architecture is immensely pleasing. I thought that I was not fully prepared to represent UConn’s Chemistry Department. One thing I would like to bring up is how open the access to advanced equipment is here. The goal of the Ph.D. graduate program in Biomedical Science at UConn Health is to educate individuals dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science in a wide variety of settings including academia, the private sector and in government service. I was a geology major who discovered I was not being challenged enough by the material I was studying. Welcome to the University of Connecticut Chemistry Graduate Program. Now that I am 2 years in, I think I made a good choice, and I anticipate a great deal of success in the future. Of the classes I’ve taken so far Dr. Suib’s Advanced Inorganic course was definitely the most engaging. Taking CHEM 5360 (Biochemistry I) under, It took my dad a few minutes showing his little daughter a kitchen experiment of adding vinegar to baking soda and watching the bubbles to get me hooked to what seems to be the magic world of chemistry. I’ve enjoyed being a TA here in UConn, especially since I was able to TA for both the Chemistry and MCB department. Although I have no secure plans I would like to focus on research that involves making our nation a safer place. Ruoshi LI, Graduate Student of University of Connecticut, CT (UConn) | Read 11 publications | Contact Ruoshi LI As an undergrad I kind of flipped flopped in what I wanted to major in. My favorite class has been MCB 5002 - 001L Biochemistry Laboratory. But hey, I can assure you get used to it after the first month. Furthermore, the separation methods class with Dr. Yao, greatly encouraged the independency and creativity to get the best out of the students. I enjoyed almost all the classes and it is hard to pick only one. I wanted to learn how to use my basic understanding of chemistry to create functional devices that solve health problems. It is also important to stay attuned to the opportunities that present themselves, and apply for everything that you want. I work in an interdisciplinary field and I do not pretend to know every aspect about chemistry. Either research or any other coursework I do exclusively during the day in my lab or desk, if I take home work it’s usually reading or answering emails. One of the wonderful things here at UConn is the appreciation of everyone’s efforts and the support that we receive from all the UConn chemistry community. I have had two favorite classes. It is an exciting time to take on the age-old challenges of energy and food production, and basic survival. Scholarships/Awards: Bobbit-Chou Summer Fellowship, Clubs/Activites: Reading non-fiction novels, watching TV series and movies. The best thing about the chemistry department is the diversity of people inside of it. Even though I had performed wet lab research in my undergraduate institution I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry because it gives me the opportunity to revisit, question, and contribute to our knowledge of the fundamental principles that make chemistry. How did you choose your advisor/research group? Applicants who are U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents orinternational students who have an F-1 student visa and are currently undergraduates studying in a college or university in the United States (as long as they obtain “curricular practical training” from their current U.S. college or university) are eligible to apply. Fax: (860) 486-2981, Center for Open Research Resources & Equipment, Celebrate 20 Years: Create a Vision for the Future. I remember having to choose between taking general chemistry or biology as a science elective towards my major. Some days, I have to work more to meet a deadline or preparing for an upcoming exam, while other days I spend more time with my family. Then, I'll go back in the Philippines and, hopefully, get a faculty position in one of the top universities. We support activities and events that promote faculty/graduate student interaction and collaboration throughout the year. On weekends, I go out with friends to travel and eat! M.S. Enjoy every result, may it be positive or negative. It’s a matter of lineage, really. My dad is a chemist and I inherited the love of chemistry from him. During my summer here I was able to help with the outreach activity School of Exploratory Chemistry Research Experience & Training (SECRET). The second one was Density Functional Theory taught by Dr. Ramprasad. Graduate students and their faculty advisors work with a variety of other departments, programs, centers, institutes, and off-campus labs. My internship at Boehringer Ingelheim has strengthened my ability to think out of the box to tackle challenging problems. The program will focus on the preparation of individuals with established, terminal degrees in a health related field to … When I initially joined the program, I had no idea who I wanted to be my research advisor. University of Connecticut. Graduate Program in Genetics and Genomics Department of Molecular and Cell Biology University of Connecticut Related Proposal for the Doctoral Degree Nadine Lebek B.S. I also I did a lot of Science Communication outreach in undergrad and through it I discovered that a lot of important, yet simple concepts aren’t well known to the public. The anecdotes and apocryphal stories he sprinkles throughout his honor Organic Chemistry lectures are enjoyment entire. Primarily, I enjoy educating and mentoring students on scientific research. These impressive students offer a snapshot of the nearly 140 students that pursue a graduate degree in Chemistry at UConn. Oh, definitely! For more information, please see our University Websites Privacy Notice. This was the basis of choosing Rusling group which is well known for creating interesting biosensors and bioelectronics. I wanted to make sure that I found an advisor who was prepared to support me in an effective way, and who was also prepared to be honest with me in a constructive way. Besides exposing people to STEM it also helps you practice your presentation skills. In both kinds of days, I feel accomplished and satisfied. Taking CHEM 5360 (Biochemistry I) under Dr. Jessica Rouge has been the most impactful class so far. degree is appropriate for students who are interested in chemistry but do not wish to pursue a career as a laboratory scientist. UConn is a very research-oriented University and it’s Chemistry department has a strong materials chemistry program which I was initially interested in. Choose yours wisely and nurture it. I want to pursue a career in pharmaceutical science so that I can contribute in discovering cures and in addressing diseases that negatively impact society. I enjoy organic chemistry as I imagine it as a never ending puzzle composed of sub puzzles that might be solved but the entirety of it which cannot. This required me to take CHEM 5360, and I remember being anxious during the first day, because I could not remember the majority of Biochemistry concepts. It is the best place in the school to relax and enjoy delicious ice cream in front of the beautiful Horse Barn Hill. ABOUT DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY. It took my dad a few minutes showing his little daughter a kitchen experiment of adding vinegar to baking soda and watching the bubbles to get me hooked to what seems to be the magic world of chemistry. UConn offers limited graduate housing on-campus. Advances in microscopy and chemical manipulation enable us to better understand the world around us and open up opportunities to solve complex problems we have never been able to solve before. If everything else fails, I'll probably study music (majoring in Voice), or study law or medicine! But, the way Dr. Rouge taught and handled the class helped me a lot in overcoming my "fear" of the field. From there on I joined a research group and basically got hooked on research and finding solutions to problems. During those ten weeks that I spent in his laboratory, he gave me the independence I needed to perform research but was always flexible and open to meet when I needed his guidance if I was stuck. For example, in Advanced Organic Chemistry with Dr. Bailey, I saw organic chemistry from a new angle, I enjoyed the history that he provided behind the reaction discovery. Requirements University Academic Regulations – Standards and Degree Requirements The Harriott Fellowship and the Jorgensen Fellowship- Available to oustanding young scholars applying to doctoral programs. All of these variables plus others was what convinced me that I wanted to be in his group. Sometimes there’s a thousand things to do and it feels like a waste of time but trust me after going like that for 3 months straight you’re way less productive than you’d think. When I came into the internship I was feeling insecure about myself as a scientist. For example, in Advanced Organic Chemistry with. What advice would you give to incoming students? The Chemistry Department admits students on a rolling admission basis. She suggested UConn and after visiting the campus and meeting faculty, I was sold! It is similar to academia in which there are groups focused on working towards understanding fundamental scientific phenomena—you are constantly learning and applying knowledge. Find people you can relate to during work and after. Have a hobby. Graduate Students. 2. from a student brightens up my day and puts me in a good mood. Attending research conferences has also developed my interpersonal communication skills with people from different backgrounds, and helped me in keeping an open and critical mind when conducting research. Biological Chemistry I has been my favorite class so far, because it greatly helped me to solidify and expand my knowledge in biological chemistry by allowing me to read a lot of journals and writing critiques. If you get tired, rest and prepare for the next day. The general requirements for all students studying for the Ph.D. degree are: You will also find a summary of the requirements for a graduate degree in Chemistry with a typical timeline. I pursued my undergraduate degree in biochemistry in Egypt studying both chemistry and biology before joining, I enjoyed almost all the classes and it is hard to pick only one. Our websites may use cookies to personalize and enhance your experience. I enjoy showing movies of MD trajectories to people and sharing with them my results and findings. These awards consists of a service-free fellowship providing a $20,000 annual stipend for five years. However, I realized that it is all about disciplining my time wisely. Celebrate even the smallest achievements. I make sure to exercise occasionally, eat moderately well, and do things outside of chemistry such as kayaking/ice skating or reading Sci Fi novels. Fei Chan, a graduate student in chemistry, works with graphene in the lab at the Institute of Materials Science As we are committed to promoting a diverse graduate community, the Graduate School has agreed to waive the $75 dollar non-refundable application fee for prospective students associated with the following organizations and partnerships: Talk to other graduate students, and I'm sure you'll get a lot more of good advice from them! At my undergraduate institution, I was taught introductory organic chemistry by professor Lisa Dollinger (a product of the Howell group), her enjoyment of Organic Chem was contagious and instilled a similarity in me. Please briefly describe your experience as a TA and the impact it has had on you. That is, doing molecular dynamics (MD) on biochemical systems, particularly peptide-membrane systems, to be able to understand the mechanism of interaction between different peptides and membrane compositions. How have you learned to balance the graduate student life? That was a delightful moment which left a very positive impact on me. This way I keep myself productive by associating my lab and workplace with active work. Separation methods dealing with HPLC and GC was taught well by Dr. Yao and provided a good mixture of the theory and practicality that is necessary in crafting a good chromatographic protocol. Please briefly describe your experience as a TA and the impact is has had on you. I enjoyed this experience immensely, both because of the opportunity to live in another country for a period, and also because of how inspiring it was to work with Dr. Barbara Zschornig and the Jena Bioscience team. By continuing without changing your cookie settings, you agree to this collection. Work-Study is a program that allows students to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. Second, there will be a lot of times that you will be disappointed and frustrated with yourself because your experiments are not going the way you wanted them to be. Academic/Research Focus: Analytical Chemistry/ Polymer Chemistry, Scholarships/Awards: NSF LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship, Clubs/Activities: ConnCAP/Upward Bound STEM Field Panelist, Volunteer Teaching at North Windham Technical High School, Graduate School Recruiting through Bridge to Doctorate. Storrs, CT 06269-1152. Avery Wood ... Department of Chemistry College of Arts & Sciences Department of Chemistry University of Tennessee 552 Buehler Hall 1420 Circle Dr. I guess the most challenging part of my life here is writing papers while doing research. Broad Institute, the Scripps Research Institute) or second, get a scientist position in a pharmaceutical industry which focuses on developing a more effective and targeted drug delivery. Working in his lab convinced me that I had made the right decision in returning to school to switch careers. There is no right formula for balancing my daytime. I realized that I would be able to expand my experience, opportunities, and connections in research and teaching by getting a graduate degree in Chemistry. My fascination in science grew when I was in Philippine Science High School, and I was originally fond of Physics. Awards based on merit include: Trevor Wilson Graduate Teaching Assistant. These professors passion and enthusiasm was also a big factor into why they were enjoyable classes. I have enjoyed motivating students and helping them understand the fundamentals of chemistry. In addition, In the teaching course with Dr. Selampinar and Dr. Peczuh, I have learned different teaching styles which made me more confident at teaching while trying different methods with different students for best teaching performance. Although having it snow late April was a bit annoying. We also collaborate with a number of group at UConn, other US institutions, and abroad. Academic/Research Focus: Organic Chemistry. This internship gave me the motivation and confidence I needed to continue confidently in my career. TIMELINE: As noted in the Graduate Student Handbook of the Graduate School, the General Examination for the Ph.D. degree must be completed at least eight months before the date of conferral of the degree. This is both exciting and quite gratifying. Academic/Research Focus: Biological Chemistry, Scholarships/Awards: 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (3-year stipend), Clubs/Activites: Graduate Student Career Council, Skype a Scientist, Graduate Student Advisory Council, Stall Street Journal Contributor. Interested students often have backgrounds in chemistry and biology. My most influential experience at UConn was when I took a required pedagogy course for chemistry teaching assistants. After my first semester of teaching, I was surprised to receive a recognition letter from the UConn provost for Excellence of teaching based on the student’s evaluations. When someone tells you that winning a certain thing is highly competitive, remember that they have to give it to somebody, and you cannot be that person unless you apply! We would love to include your profile on our Career Outcomes page. Besides there being free food (pizza, salad, and boneless wings) you were up to date with graduate student issues and concerns, and you met people from other degrees other than the hard sciences. So, coming to UConn and working in a polymer group was quite the contrast. I love how interdisciplinary chemistry is. I enjoyed teaching so much, and the happiness that can be drawn on the students faces after fully understanding their material. This experience has helped me to develop my communication and public speaking skills. Then you are far more capable of recruiting people around you to help you be successful. I have never been a big fan of public speaking and knowing that I had to teach and be in control of discussion anywhere from 50 minutes to 3 hours terrified me. It is also a great deal more engaging (and, dare I say it, fun) applying theory and analysis to the data that you have generated yourself. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut is rooted in academic rigor and innovative research collaboration, supporting students and alumni in the achievement of their academic and professional goals. After that, I worked in the lab for a few days to experience the lab atmosphere before making the final decision. I have gained hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art techniques used in the pharmaceutical industry. I love seeing people who are genuinely excited and curious about science. This was a rosy experience and students, both domestic and international enjoyed taking part. It is important to know why you are doing what you are doing. I always look forward to attending research conferences because I have the opportunity to meet other scientists and learn about their research. What has been your best/most influential UConn experience so far? I have two options in my mind: first, apply for a post-doctoral position in a prominent research institution (i.e. First, coming from a very far country, I had to battle homesickness for the first few months. I’m so excited to embark on this new challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing VoltxOn grow and have strong impact. Always stay focused, organized, and manage time effectively to get things done and enjoy your time at UConn. I worked in an inorganic synthesis group during my undergraduate education, however when I entered graduate school I felt it was time for a change in my research focus. I got into the undergraduate Chemistry program at the University of the Philippines, where I was exposed to computational research and teaching younger students. I mean I lived in a tropical island all my life and was seriously not expecting how bad it could get. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut is rooted in academic rigor and innovative research collaboration, supporting students and alumni in the achievement of their academic and professional goals. Do not be afraid to try new things in research! Also … 55 N. Eagleville Road, U-3060 University of Connecticut pre-professional (pre-pharmacy) students typically complete three semesters of prerequisite course work prior to app lying to the School of Pharmacy, however, the time in which it takes to complete the pre-professional phase is flexible. Then, I joined Alfredo's and Eric's lab, which both focus on biochemistry-related research, so I ended up being in the Biochemistry Division. The product I did the preliminary work on at this time is expected to be launched commercially in the next few months. His group members at the time were knowledgeable, patient, and eager to help me learn and explore. Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year by the start of the program and should have completed some … However, I realized that it is all about disciplining my time wisely. Stepping out of your comfort zone is never an easy feeling, but it will definitely help you expand your capabilities as a scientist. In the 3 1/2 years I spent in his research lab, I received excellent mentorship from Dr. Garczynski, as well as others, I was involved in exciting, cutting-edge research work in insect genetics, and this work culminated in 2 research publications in peer-reviewed journals of which I am very proud. Storrs, CT 06269-3060, Phone: (860) 486-2012 Before joining the program, I had the impression that teaching duties would be distraction of efforts away from research, but after 3 years of teaching, I believe that being a TA is one of the most wonderful things in the Ph.D. program. I was initially worried that the language barrier would be a big problem, but positive feedback from the students, the department, and the University inspired me to excel in teaching. Has a certain class had a significant impact on you? Consequently, I could not remember some of the material basics I studied back in college. For more information about Federal Work Study, navigate to the Student Employment section. I have been disappointed by how few graduate level courses are laboratory-based. I see MD simulations as "atomistic microscopes" that helps us visualize small systems on an atomistic scale based on our basic understanding of interactions between atoms and molecules. Scholarships/Awards: iQ UConn Innovation Quest - Finalist for Entrepreneurs (2019), Accelerate UConn Fellowship (2018), Teaching Recognition Letter from UConn Provost (2018), Academic Excellence Award - Ministry of Higher Education of Egypt (2011), Tanta University Award - Highest GPA award for BSc. 438 Whitney Road Extension. Why/how did you choose your advisor/research group? I still find it hard to focus on them at the same time, but hopefully, I'll find my groove! Graduate Student. International students on any other visa type are noteligible for the program. I did not pass the microteaching test the first time, but I overcame this challenge after my first semester, thanks to UCALI instructors and our amazing main stockroom manager, Charlene Fuller, who offered some of her lunchtimes to help me practice for my microteaching test. There is no right formula for balancing my daytime. 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