Olivia Crandell

My hometown when I was a student was

Fremont, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Chemistry (major) and math (minor)

I currently live in

East Lansing, MI

Since graduating from Alma

Since graduating from Alma, ​I attended graduate school at Michigan State University for my PhD in Chemistry Education. I will defend in Spring 2020 and then begin my Post-Doc at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

My Alma education

My undergraduate research experience with Dr. Joel Dopke was key to my acceptance to graduate school. As an undergraduate researcher, I traveled to my first national meeting of the American Chemical Society and presented talks and posters at Honors day. I was also prepared to step into the classroom as a graduate TA because of my experience as a TA at Alma.

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

I don’t think I can pick just one memory! Homecoming my senior year was very special because my fiance and I were on Homecoming Court. We got to spend the day with our family and friends and I remember it was a perfect fall day on campus with the trees showing their beautiful fall colors up and down Superior Street. I loved Homecoming as a collegiate and I love returning as an alumna. 

My off-campus study experience(s) included

 In my junior year, I traveled to New Zealand for Spring Term. We were required to keep a journal of our daily adventures and I am so glad we were because I refer back to my journal, my pictures, and my souvenirs all the time. It was a whirlwind trip where we saw dolphins and sea lions, hiked a glacier, bungee jumped, stayed in a Maori village, spent the night in Doubtful Sound, toured The Lord of the Rings sets and locations, and so many more adventures.