Chemistry Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Rachel Krueger ’13: as a visiting DAAD fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, I had the opportunity to investigate proton conduction.
Elizabeth Laudadio ’15: lab work taught me to think analytically, seek out new opportunities, and recognize challenges as important learning experiences.
Hannah Arbach ’15: my experience in the biochemistry department has given me the confidence to independently find information and solve problems.
Natercia Rodrigues
Natercia Rodrigues '06: it has been a priority to learn within the context of a supportive community that values mentorship.
Tenaya Vallery '10
Tenaya Vallery '10: my undergraduate research experiences at MHC were pivotal to my acceptance to Yale.
Laura E. Fernandez ’08: After my lab experience at MHC, I completed a PhD in Theoretical Computational Chemistry and work at ACS Nano and Nano Letters.
Katherine Kraschel ’06 JD, Associate Counsel
Katherine Kraschel ’06: each day at Harvard Law School, I apply the critical and analytic thinking skills my professors at MHC pushed me to sharpen.
Mount Holyoke College professor Kathryn McMenimen
Chemistry Professor Kathryn McMenimen was on the research team that recently revealed a revolutionary possible approach to treating cataracts.
Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89
Jennifer Trehey O'Malley '89: I found surgery was not my life's work, but this thing called research I ended up loving.
Raheal Boadi-Yeboah ’11: my chemistry background from MHC has been helpful in my doctorate courses at the University of Buffalo.
Emily Harcourt ’09: because of my student research experience working the chemistry lab, I work comfortably with different techniques across disciplines.
Deana Jaber ’05: my teaching positions at MHC helped me discover my passion for teaching and got me thinking about how to become an effective educator.
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Nana Dufie Addo ’05: I co-founded the Ghana-US Alumni Network and was awarded “Next Generation Leader’ by the African Leadership Network.
Caitlin E. Scott '07: the many opportunities at MHC for undergraduate student research are an early introduction to graduate level research.
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Cristina Ghenoiu ’04: analyzing the latest breakthroughs in the scientific and medical world is part of my every day job, and exhilarating!
Insun Yoon '09
Insun Yoon '09, My research experience inspired me to become a compassionate and competent dentist.
Jiaxi Song ’12: I pursued independent research that prepared me to work in a highly interdisciplinary research field.
Janet Buhlmann '89 PhD.
Janet Buhlmann '89: at Pfizer, I work with academic partners helping to translate their discoveries at the bench into novel therapeutics.
"Emma O'Leary '16 "
Emma O’Leary ’16: Biochemistry fulfills my need to be intrigued, confronted with complex questions, and participate in independent research.
Katharyn Fletcher ’09: my double major in chemistry and german studies inspired me to pursue post-graduate research fellowships in Hamberg.
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14
Alessandra Geffner-Smith '14: As a MHC student, I gained the academic foundations of my field and the confidence to make valuable professional connections.
Emma Carr and Lucy Pickett in the Chemistry Lab
Led one of the earliest collaborative research groups that involved faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students
Hayat R Ahmed ’13: After graduation, I sought to understand the elusive nature of HIV and engage in current strategies to search for a cure.
Mai-Anh Ha, a graduate student at UCLA
Mai-Anh Ha ’13: my graduate level specialization at UCLA and was inspired by my chemistry courses and lab experience.
Luong Nguyen
Luong Nguyen ’12: I learned to conduct independent research, program algorithms, and present my ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Akchheta Karki ’15: I research surface characterization through the use of the atomic force microscope, ellipsometer, goniometer, and optical microscope.
Ashley Kosa '15
Ashley Kosa ’15: my chemistry background was integral to my internship in art conservation and restoration.
Kelsey Schramma from MHC to Princeton
Kelsey Shramma '12 is a third year graduate student, recently published in Nature Chemistry
Mojun Zhu ’11: my strong science research background helped me better understand the fundamental aspect of medicine as it relates to clinical practice.
Debbie Fazen ’04: my independent research with Professor Gomez and the skills I gained were vital to my success as a Regulatory Affairs specialist.
Lucy Picket in the chemistry lab
Outstanding research in ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy of organic molecules
A Zin Oo '06, Senior Index Manager
A Zin Oo '06: a rigorous curriculum, deeply engaged faculty and an extremely diverse student body pushed me beyond the many learning opportunities here.
My-Linh Nguyen ’13: my chemistry and french background allowed me to connect with my scientist colleagues at the Embassy.
Shelly T Hsiao '10: I love practicing medicine and feel confident in my skills because of the solid science education and chemistry research experiences.
Saryu Fensin ’06: As a chemistry major I participated in research during my undergraduate training which is not possible at the larger universities.
Liz  MacLauchlan drawing a parabola on the blackboard
Liz MacLauchlan ’13 :I learned all about teaching and managing a classroom through my tutoring and work as a teaching assistant in the Chemistry Department
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Abena Opoku ’10: The biochemistry program prepared me to be resilient and press through the challenges I face in the corporate world.
Catherine "Katie" Dietrich ’12, Medical Student at University of Florida
Catherine Dietrich ’12: my work has benefited greatly from the skills I gained in higher level biochemistry classes and my undergraduate lab experience.
Kelsey Schramma from MHC to Princeton
Kelsey Shramma '12 is a third year graduate student, recently published in Nature Chemistry
Barsha Dash '14: Pursuing internships outside MHC to amass technical skills and build connections which proved pivotal for acceptance to graduate school.
Angela DiCiccio ’08: my work is a serendipitous mix of my experiences as a biochemistry major and my research with Professor Chen in materials science.
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Osato Iyore Ayanru ’05: on my Fulbright in Ghana, I studied medicinal plants that traditional healers prescribed to to HIV + patients.
Anuja De Silva ’03: my interest in polymer and material science led to graduate school and my career in the semiconductor industry.
Stephanie Otema Dzandu ’09: I have gained a deeper understanding of petroleum activities, from well-drilling to the economics of how revenue is obtained.
Crystal Nguyen ’05: the people I met at MHC including my advisor have been supportive and helped me at every step of my career.
Dawn Zhang ’09: I built the skills in my scientific training to help my team synthesize information and advise senior management on strategic priorities.
Rudo Makonza Goto '13
Rudo Makonza Goto ’13: The interdisciplinary nature of Biochemistry enhanced my critical thinking.
Lindsay Sceats
Lindsay Sceats '11: Preparing for my my senior thesis gave me practice in looking at data with a critical eye and forming my own scientific opinions.