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Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Lafayette College
The Messiah Experience
It was important to Chip that he pursue some kind of physical activity as a student, so he got involved with intramural sports. Chip wanted his college experience to be richly interactive as well as physically active, so he also became a member of the Student Government Association. Most important to Chip, however, were the courses that comprised his chemistry major, so he admits that he spent most of his time on his class work.
Messiah opened Chip’s mind to things he had never thought of before. “It got me to be a bit more open to other ideas,” Chip explains, "To listen to what other people had to say. Not to just ignore someone . . . but to really listen to them.”
What to Do Next
Chip was not positive what course he wanted to pursue in chemistry, but he knew he would need a postgraduate degree to do it. He headed to Iowa State University to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. Wishing to continue in research, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vermont. During his time at large universities Chip realized something significant that would impact his career path: in his graduate and doctoral work, he attended classes of enormous sizes in which he noticed that professors spent little, if any, real interaction time with their students. This limited interaction was foreign to Chip, who had often experienced the opposite while at Messiah. He soon made it his personal objective to provide students with personal, interactive instruction by becoming a professor.
A Typical Day
Profile by Angela Kriebel and Tyler Baber, July 2005