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Recent Chemistry Alumnae

Laura Hanold
Class of 2010
Major(s): Chemistry

I'm from Charleston, S.C. I suppose I became interested in science because my grandfather was a scientist, and he used to give me souvenirs (unused, clean, brand new test tubes) to play with. I'm not exactly sure what I would like to do in the future. I know I love research, and I wouldn't mind teaching, but I am also interested in forensic chemistry. On campus, I am treasurer of Friends of Art, Jr., and I am a subject tutor. I also played soccer for a couple of years. I have too many hobbies to list, but my favorite is probably art, especially etching. Over the past year, I have been working on illustrating a story through etchings. I also enjoy watching movies and playing games with my friends. It is really a great way to relax or give my brain a rest after a long, but rewarding day in the lab.

Alle Taylor
Class of 2010
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Email: taylor10@sbc.edu

I am from Fox Island, Wash., a small island in the South Puget Sound and I came all the way to Sweet Briar because of the wonderful community and individual attention that I receive from my professors. Science first started to interest me when I took general chemistry as a freshman to fulfill medical school requirements. Though I no longer want to be a medical doctor, my interest in science stuck and I now intend on going to graduate school to pursue a career in research and teaching. While at Sweet Briar, I run on the Cross Country Team, am secretary of SAACS (Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society), co-president of the QV tap club and participate in the Sweet Briar Outdoors Program (SWEBOP) and I work in the library and as a TA in the Chemistry department. In my spare time I like to travel, and so far I’ve been to the Kentucky for the Derby all the way up to Boston and everywhere in between.

Jenna Wasylenko
Class of 2010
Major(s): Chemistry
Minor(s): Physics
Email: wasylenko10@sbc.edu

I am from Lansdale, Pa., which is just north of Philadelphia. I’ve been interested in science as long as I can remember… probably my dad’s influence (he works as a mechanical engineer). I plan on attending graduate school in either chemistry or energy and chemical engineering in hopes of working for a government organization such as the Department of Energy or NASA. While at Sweet Briar, I take full advantage of our beautiful campus. Besides my schoolwork, my multitude of extracurricular activities keeps me very busy! I am the president of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS), the treasurer of the Class of 2010, a member of the Riding Council, a member of the Falls on Nose and Tau Phi tap clubs, and I am the student representative on the Presidential Search Committee. I am also involved in the Sweet Briar Outdoor Program (SWEBOP), where I work as a trip leader and advertising coordinator. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, horseback riding, indoor rock climbing and learning to whitewater kayak!

Rebecca Adams
Class of 2009
Major(s): Chemistry
Minor(s): Mathematics

I am in grad school at University of Maryland at College Park, in chemistry of course! I am taking group theory, radio chemistry and quantum mechanics. I am working for the army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Northern Md., only very limited hours due to school.

Logan Fitzgerald
Class of 2009
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Minor(s): Mathematics

I live in Amherst, Va. I attended Sweet Briar College as a day student all four years while living at home. I graduated from SBC in May ’09 with a B.S in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minor in mathematics. I chose my major because science and math have always been my strong subjects and I've always envisioned myself working in a research or health laboratory. Currently, I still live at home (lots of plans for the near future, though!) and I have a laboratory position at a local pharmaceutical company, C.B. Fleet. I worked at Fleet as an intern the summer of my sophomore year and I loved it.

While in my final semester at Sweet Briar I was job hunting and contacted Fleet. As luck would have it, a senior analytical scientist had just quit, and they opened an entry level position, which I applied for and got! Now I work as an analytical chemist in the Research and Development Lab. My duties include analyzing stability, in-process and finished product samples; testing raw materials; developing and validating methods for products; acting as project leader as assigned (which includes lots of meetings); maintaining laboratory/work environment; and compling with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) documentation (fancy way of saying I do paperwork and keep a lab notebook). I also calibrate all the balances and pH meters daily, assist other chemists as needed, maintain inventory / control the HPLC columns and attend additional training/seminars when available. 

Sweet Briar and the internship (that Sweet Briar helped me get in the first place) prepared me well for this type of work.  My future plans include settling down, building a house on my family's land and starting my own family. My life at this point is just where I feel it should be and I have SBC to thank for that.

Jana Pfoutz
Class of 2009
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Minor(s): Dance Performance

I am a senior at Sweet Briar College and plan to graduate in May of 2009 with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology (B.S.) and a minor in dance performance. I stay on the SBC campus during the week and go home to Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Va., on the weekends where I volunteer as an EMT-B. After graduation, I hope to work in a laboratory to research and/or develop medicine pretty much anywhere I can get a job and continue volunteering as an EMT-B. Also, after graduation I am getting married to start a family of my own.