Colby Chemistry graduates are everywhere.  Approximately two thirds of recent graduates pursue graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry, medicinal, veterinary, or dental school, or other graduate programs such as engineering or law school.  Former graduates are professors, research scientists,  engineers, doctors, lawyers, and brewers. Others have taken positions in pharmacy, toxicology, environmental policy, banking, insurance, or the ministry. A major in chemistry can open the door to a wide variety of professional occupations.  Scroll through the slide show below for profiles of interesting alumni.


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    Justin Sukiennik ’03

    Justin Sukiennik graduated with a double major in chemistry and mathematics from Colby in 2003.  Although it was difficult to choose between his two loves, he continued on in mathematics at the University of Rochester and earned his Ph.D. in algebraic number theory in 2009.  He researches the arithmetic and geometric complexity of numbers by studying height functions and dynamical systems.  After attending Rochester, Justin spent three years in a postdoctoral position at the University of Minnesota.  There he primarily taught high school students in an honors-level accelerated calculus program called UMTYMP.  Finally, Justin returned to Colby College in 2012, teaching a wide variety of courses in the Mathematics and Statistics Department and acting as the faculty liaison for the Women’s Soccer Team. A member of the cross-country and track teams as a Colby student, Justin has continued running and coaching. He went to USATF Club Nationals for Cross-Country twice and spent several years as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Rochester Men and Women’s Cross-Country and Track Teams.

  • 2009 AACR national meeting in Denver with Chris Buros, Chris Lapointe, Kristina Langenborg, Lexie Praggastis, and Abbie Frederick

    2009 AACR national meeting in Denver with Chris Buros, Chris Lapointe, Kristina Langenborg, Lexie Praggastis, and Abbie Frederick

    Kevin Rice graduated with a degree in Biochemistry in 1996 and research experience with Professor Brad Mundy.  He went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2000.  In 2001, during his time as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale University Department of Chemistry, Kevin returned to the Colby Chemistry Department as a seminar speaker.  After another position at Yale as an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pharmacology, Kevin returned to Colby Chemistry for good.  He is now an Associate Professor teaching General Chemistry and Biochemistry and is helping mentor the next generation of Colby Chemistry majors in his research laboratory studying anticancer drugs.




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