Chemistry offers a course called Cutting Edge Chemistry: Research and
Career Opportunities. Building upon the foundations of the learning
community, this course is designed to get students to start to think
about their post-graduation plans.
The course is team taught by Levi Stanley, associate professor in
chemistry; Aaron Sadow, professor of chemistry; Joe Burnett, senior
lecturer in chemistry; and Terry Kruse, academic adviser in chemistry.
“We want students to be able to connect with the stories,” Burnett
said. “We really want the faculty to come in and talk about their career
paths, the decisions that they made and to talk about their current
The course also brings in scientists from industry settings, career
consultants from the American Chemical Society and students who have had
research or internship experiences and includes fields trips to nearby
businesses that employ chemists such as Ames’ water treatment plant,
Hach Chemical, or a student favorite – the state crime lab in Ankeny.
“Chem 110 was very useful for career planning because we heard a
variety of speakers who all took different career paths,” said Matthew
Ryan (‘20 chemistry). “This made me realize that for a field such as
chemistry, there are endless career options to explore and consider.”