Chemistry

Jennifer Meloche

My hometown when I was a student was

Muskegon, MI

I graduated in

2012

I studied

Chemistry (major) and math (minor)

I currently live in

South Bend, IN

I am now

A graduate student at the University of Notre Dame

Since graduating from Alma

In the fall after graduation I started in a PhD program at the University of Notre Dame. Graduate school is very different from college, in the sense it feels more like a job than school. However, the first year is still similar with attending classes, researching in a laboratory of your choosing, and being a teaching assistant to the undergraduate class or labs. In the second and third years I’m mainly carrying out research in the laboratory and ta-ing. I’m enjoying my time at Notre Dame, and I’m currently in my third year of typically a five to six year program. 

My Alma education

My Alma College education, mentoring by the chemistry professors, and researching with Dr. Joel Dopke helped me get into graduate schools I applied to. The professors encouraged and inspired to me to continue on with my education to the graduate level. 

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Tennis courts

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

While at Alma, I played on the tennis team all four years. I think it was a great opportunity to be able to complete my degree at a high level and play a varsity sport at the same time. Alma makes it possible for students athletes to excel in their sport and in the classroom. Also, the traveling spring term opportunities are great! I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit various cities in China for three weeks with Professor Liping Bu on a history course traveling spring term.