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Carrie Rau

My hometown when I was a student was

West Branch

I graduated in


I studied

Chemistry and Biology

I currently live in

Indianapolis, Indiana

I am now

A forensic scientist with the Indiana State Police, as well as a licensed attorney in private practice.

Since graduating from Alma

I’ve worked in R&D as a research chemist and biologist, worked in lab safety, gotten a Master’s degree in forensic science, gotten a law degree

My Alma education

gave me not only the technical tools that have helped me in my career, but also the opportunity to gain the confidence I needed to adequately handle them. Small class sizes made it easy for my professors to get to know me and my strengths and to encourage their pursuit, and undergraduate research and help finding internships helped me further sharpen my skills during my time as an undergraduate—not something you necessarily get to do at a larger school!

My favorite place(s) on campus included

Joe’s Place, the Alpha Gamma Delta house, Dow Science Center

My favorite professors(s) included

Professor Strait, Professor Grimnes

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

There are too many to choose from!