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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    Dr. Pouliot sorting vitamins during a medical trip to Ghana.

    Gayle Pageau Pouliot ’02 enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program (now Medical Scientist Training Program) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School following her graduation from Colby. She completed her Ph.D. thesis work in cell biology in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanne Lawrence where she studied X-chromosome inactivation in breast cancer and graduated with her combined degree in 2009. She then completed her internship and residency in pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Following this, she began her training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, working in the laboratory of Alejandro Gutierrez, where she is studying the role of phosphatases in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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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.


Colby Chemistry 2014.