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TU Grad Brandon Utley from the National Conference of the American Chemical Society

My name is Brandon Utley. I recently graduated from Tiffin University with a bachelor’s of science in forensic science. During my time on campus, I served as co-editor of the Tystenac student newspaper, co-President of American Chemical Society, Vice President and event coordinator of Phi Theta Pi fraternity, as well as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Spectrum, University Choir and residence life.

Today I’m blogging about chemistry. Chemistry has always interested me. When I was a kid I used to attend a local science camp where they taught you the basics of chemistry and biology. I have always loved the experience of mixing two things together to get something completely different and working with chemical process to solve a problem. That curiosity is what led me to this research experience.

This past semester we traveled to Orlando, Florida, to the expansive Orange County Convention Center. Science nerds everywhere – that is what I and fellow students Andy Frantz, Meredith Boes, Halie Copley and Mary Bernard, along with our faculty advisor Dr. Mark Sabo, got to experience when we attended the 257th annual National Conference of the American Chemical Society (ACS), from March 30 through April 2.

Attending this meeting comes with many benefits for undergraduate students. The events at this conference involve students in professional work and career preparation. During the undergraduate session of the conference, students can attend certain speaker sessions and expos geared toward chemistry, graduate school and careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

In addition to a vast number of presentations, the conference format offers opportunities to participate in group and divisional business meetings, professional development workshops and an exposition.

“This program gives Tiffin University students the opportunity to interact, discuss new ideas and learn about the science profession with other students,” Sabo said.

At this meeting, there was a student chapter poster exposition, where student chapters of ACS from around the country could show off the work their organization has done over the past year. Our chapter here at TU has performed a number of science-based outreach programs this past year to engage the local Tiffin Columbian students.

Overall, this trip was an amazing experience that I am so happy I got to experience in my senior year. Being able to interact with so many students going through similar programs as the one here at TU was awesome. I would highly recommend this experience to any students interested in the science field.

Annual membership for the student chapter of American Chemical Society at Tiffin University is $30. For more information, students can contact Dr. Mark Sabo or one of the student researchers mentioned in this article.

This conference taught me that there is so much more to being a chemist than just the analytical side of the industry. Chemistry is all around us and is involved in almost every aspect of our everyday lives. There are so many more opportunities in the industry than I could have ever dreamed of. Since graduation, I have come back home to work and relax as I search for a job in the chemistry industry somewhere I have yet to decide.