My time as a chemistry tutor and teaching assistant has shown me the process behind higher academic teaching and chemical prep work, and working as a research assistant has allowed me to write a grant and present at a research conference; all valuable experiences that make it that much easier to transition into a job or graduate program.
What stands out about your UW-Stout experience?
What stands out most to me about my Stout experience would have to be the great lab opportunities and projects I have worked on, as well as the professors and their willingness to help students succeed.
A lot of in-course lab projects allow for independent study, such as the analysis of isolated soil microbes for heme enzymes, or projects that impact our local communities, such as the genetic modification of yeast to metabolize lactose into ethanol for ethanol production.
The professors always want students to succeed, and many of them go above and beyond.
My success at Stout is in large part thanks to the professors who were willing to write letters of recommendation, provide me with on-campus jobs, and have faith in who I was as a student to take me on as a research assistant: Dr. Vande Linde, Dr. Burritt, Dr. Miller-Rodeberg, Dr. Teague and Dr. Kadnikov.
How did your involvement impact your experience?
I am part of the Honors College, which has provided so many opportunities to meet new people and talk about topics that affect our society: immigration, recycling, etc. Taking Honors College courses has also been a great experience since I was constantly surrounded by people who also had a passion for learning new things.
I have received several scholarships that impacted my education: First Year Scholarship; Scott Swanson Memorial Endowed Scholarship; Melvin LeRoy Anderson Scholarship; and a student research grant through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The financial help from UW-Stout has been tremendous in pushing me toward graduation.