Student Profile: Daniel Jaremko
Daniel Jaremko didn’t expect to take hold of a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrophotometer his first year of college, but research opportunities are just one of the many elements that make up the Alma College experience.
Working with Joel Dopke, assistant professor of chemistry, the New York junior used equipment like this to research the synthesis and characterization of semi-organic molecules.
“Research has pushed me to learn things I might not learn in class,” says Jaremko. “A lot of the work depends on how much I put into it and how well I know my stuff. It definitely lets me think on a level that is more challenging.”
The chemistry major is particularly grateful to Dopke for both encouraging him to pursue independent research and guiding him along his scientific journey.
“He has such enthusiasm and energy for what he does,” says Jaremko. “You also can talk to him about everything, and I really appreciate that.”
While he was initially learned toward an English major, Jaremko switched over to chemistry after discovering his fascination for science. Now, he is a member of the Chemistry Club and the United Health Professionals of Alma College.
“The opportunities here are incredible,” says Jaremko. “Every day, I’ve been doing something amazing I couldn’t see myself doing at a larger school.”