Ryan Spitler

I graduated in


I majored/minored in

Chemistry and Math double major

I currently live in

Grand Rapids

My current or most recent professional title/role is

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Rice University Math Department

My career path and accomplishments since graduating from Alma:

I worked at Auto-Owners in Lansing for a year and then started grad school in Math at Purdue University. I got my PhD in 2019 and then had a postdoctoral position at McMaster University in Ontario for two years. Now I have an NSF Fellowship to work at Rice University for three years, after which I plan to apply for tenure-track jobs.

My Alma experience prepared me for my career, graduate school, and life by

With the intimate environments in Alma’s departments, I was able to work closely with the faculty in both of my majors (including Dr. Turk!). By gaining research experience directly, I was able to decide that I preferred the abstract problem solving of math to the hands-on lab work of chemistry. The research work I did at Alma gave me a taste of the academic work I continue to do today.