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.

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    Dr. McGowan and her faithful companion Barney

    Erin McGowan ’08 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She completed a small animal rotating internship at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ and then began a residency to specialize in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


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