Jennifer (Jen) Meloche

I graduated in


I majored/minored in

Chemistry (math minor)

I currently live in

Angola, IN

My current or most recent professional title/role is

Associate Professor of Science, Trine University

My career path and accomplishments since graduating from Alma:

After graduating Alma, earned my Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. During my graduate work I specialized in metal-catalyzed C-C and C-N bond formations for the synthesis of highly substituted tertiary or quaternary centers. I also spent a lot of time during my Ph.D. as a teaching assistant since I knew I wanted to teach at the college/university level. That experience granted me my first job as an assistant professor at Trine University in Angola, IN and I have been there since. I enjoy teaching general chemistry courses, but my expertise is in organic chemistry. I have taught Organic Chemistry I and II courses and labs. I enjoy tackling a hard subject for students with enthusiasm and encouragement.

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

My Alma education really helped me realize that graduate school and getting a Ph.D. was possible and necessary for my career path. I completed an undergraduate REU internship in the summer before my senior year and continued undergraduate research with Dr. Joel Dopke during my senior year. Those research experiences really helped prepare me for graduate school. Also, two classes in particular that were very impactful in my path were a spring term of advanced organic chemistry and the senior seminar class. Both of those classes really helped prepare me for graduate school, oral exams, and presentations. In addition to academics, I was able to play college tennis all four years at Alma and that taught me excellent time-management skills along with establishing a work-life balance. Overall, I received a very well-rounded education and really appreciated my time at Alma.