Chemistry

Blake Reed

My hometown when I was a student was

Charlotte

I graduated in

2010

I studied

Chemistry

I currently live in

Ferndale, MI

I am now

Graduate student at Wayne State University

Since graduating from Alma

Since graduating from Alma, I have been in graduate school at Wayne State University working toward my Ph.D. in chemistry. I am in an inorganic lab, working on catalytic activation of carbon dioxide using Pincer complexes. I also teach recitation sections and lab for general chemistry at Wayne State. 

My Alma education

Alma College has prepared me for the future in ways that I didn’t even realize until I graduated. The small class sizes at Alma allow for personal relationships between the students and the faculty which facilitates a great learning environment not available at large universities. The opportunities provided by the chemistry department above and beyond the classes also provided very important experience. The opportunity to be a T.A. as well as work in independent research labs greatly improved my resume as I prepared for life outside the “Alma College bubble”. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

DOW, Zeta Sigma house

My favorite professors(s) included

All the chemistry professors, especially Dr. Turk, who was my independent research advisor.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Covering Dr. Beckmann’s entire lab in aluminum foil as our senior prank.