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Student Spotlight Chemistry


River Falls, WI


Chemistry, ACS




CASA Volunteer (Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault), University Band, Navigators

What experiences stand out at UW-Eau Claire?

My best experiences in the Chemistry department have undoubtedly come through my time doing research.  Research has afforded me both unique educational experiences in the lab, including training in powerful instrumental techniques and the chance to work one-on-one with a knowledgeable faculty member, as well as the opportunity to build relationships with my peers within the department.  

What are you researching?

I research a peptide-derived, copper-chelating molecule named methanobactin.  Methanobactins are secreted by the environmentally important methanotrophic bacteria- bacteria who metabolize the greenhouse gas methane as their primary source of carbon and energy.

Do you get paid to do research?

Yes. My summer 2011 research has been funded by the National Science Foundation REU program, and my research during the school year has been funded by the UWEC Office of Research Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

Have you done any UWEC- related field trips/study abroad experiences?

This summer, I traveled to Costa Rica and Panama on a medical volunteer trip with other UWEC Students through a Central American organization called VIDA (Volunteers for Definitive Adventures).  We were fortunate to be able to provide free medical, dental, and veterinary care to hundreds of Central Americans. 

What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

I hope to go on to medical school after my time at UWEC and eventually serve as a doctor in an underserved urban area.

"I love the incredible interest and dedication of the Chemistry faculty to teaching and mentoring students, both in required classes and undergraduate research experiences."

What skills or techniques in chemistry have you learned at UWEC?

Both through courses and research experiences, the Chemistry department at UWEC offers students impressive access to a variety of instrumentation.  During my time in the Chemistry department, I've gained experience in Liquid Chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), in addition to various other techniques.


Favorite place to eat on campus?

Intermezzos in Davies.

What are your favorite UWEC events?

Watching UWEC basketball games and seeing the performances of the amazing Blugold Marching Band.
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