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Congrats, #2016ChemGrad!

by Linda Wang
July 18, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 29

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Credit: Courtesy of Eleanor Castracane
Credit: Courtesy of Eleanor Castracane

This summer, a new crop of chemistry and chemical engineering graduates are earning their degrees, with some continuing on their educational journeys and others embarking on new and exciting careers. To celebrate this milestone, various ACS offices and divisions teamed up to ask 2016 chemistry and chemical engineering graduates to share their graduation photos on social media using the hashtag #2016ChemGrad.

From May 1 to June 22, 60 graduates embraced the project, and ACS randomly selected a winner, who received various prizes, such as a $50 Visa gift card and tchotchkes from ACS. The recipient was Ghenwa El Habta, who just earned a B.S. in chemistry from American University of Beirut. Congratulations to all! 

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Ghenwa El Habta, B.S. in chemistry from American University of Beirut.
Immediate plans: Teaching chemistry at a secondary school for two years and then applying to graduate school in chemistry.
Credit: Courtesy of Ghenwa El Habta
Ghenwa El Habta, B.S. in chemistry from American University of Beirut.
Immediate plans: Teaching chemistry at a secondary school for two years and then applying to graduate school in chemistry.
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Alexa Villasenor, B.A. in chemistry from the University of San Diego.
Future plans:
Working for Genalyte in San Diego.
Credit: Courtesy of Alexa Villasenor
Alexa Villasenor, B.A. in chemistry from the University of San Diego.
Future plans:
Working for Genalyte in San Diego.
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Gloria de la Garza (center),B.S. in chemistry from Valdosta State University. With her are classmates Jake Croft (left) and Jesse Wayson, who both earned B.S. degrees in biology, minoring in chemistry.
De la Garza’s next stop: Working as aFlorida Agricultural Science & Technology fellow for the Florida Department of Agriculture. After that, she plans to go to graduate school in analytical chemistry.
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Alyssa Curcie (left), B.S. in chemistry from Stony Brook University, SUNY.
Eleanor Castracane, B.S. in chemistry from Stony Brook University.
Curcie’s next stop: Starting an internship at New York University on the road to become a physician assistant. Afterward, she will apply to graduate programs to become a physician assistant.
Castracane’s immediate plans: Continuing on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry from Stony Brook University.
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Alyssa Curcie (left), B.S. in chemistry from Stony Brook University, SUNY.
Eleanor Castracane, B.S. in chemistry from Stony Brook University.
Curcie’s next stop: Starting an internship at New York University on the road to become a physician assistant. Afterward, she will apply to graduate programs to become a physician assistant.
Castracane’s immediate plans: Continuing on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry from Stony Brook University.
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Kevin Dao, B.S. in biochemistry and in microbiology from Mississippi State University.
Immediate plans: Attending graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas in the College Student Personnel Services & Administration program. He plans to pursue a career in student affairs and university housing.
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Kevin Dao, B.S. in biochemistry and in microbiology from Mississippi State University.
Immediate plans: Attending graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas in the College Student Personnel Services & Administration program. He plans to pursue a career in student affairs and university housing.
Credit: Courtesy of Isaiah Speight
Isaiah Speight, B.S. in chemistry from Norfolk State University.
Next stop: Starting a Ph.D. program in chemistry at Vanderbilt University.
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Julianna Sacco, B.S. in biochemistry from La Roche College.
Next stop: Working as a quality assurance technician. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in food science.
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Julianna Sacco, B.S. in biochemistry from La Roche College.
Next stop: Working as a quality assurance technician. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in food science.
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Olivia Fiebig, B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in physics from Rowan University.
Immediate plans: Attending graduate school at MIT, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.
Credit: Courtesy of Olivia Fiebig
Olivia Fiebig, B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in physics from Rowan University.
Immediate plans: Attending graduate school at MIT, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.
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Emily Oshita, B.S. in chemistry from Fayetteville State University.
Immediate plans: Working for the chemistry and physics department at Fayetteville State University managing the flipped learning program. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical education.
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Emily Oshita, B.S. in chemistry from Fayetteville State University.
Immediate plans: Working for the chemistry and physics department at Fayetteville State University managing the flipped learning program. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical education.
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Credit: Courtesy of Rachael Coleman
Rachael Coleman, B.S. in chemistry and in molecular biology from the University of Wyoming.
Next step: Attending graduate school at Cornell University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry.
Credit: Courtesy of Rachael Coleman
Rachael Coleman, B.S. in chemistry and in molecular biology from the University of Wyoming.
Next step: Attending graduate school at Cornell University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry.

To see more graduation photos, visit cenm.ag/chemgrad2016.

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