Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Learn about what a few of our alums have accomplished and where they have gone since St. Cloud State.

Erica Beede '15

Erica Beede '15

Update on Erica: She recently became a working Pace supervisor (one of the youngest supervisors in the group). Erica graduated in the Fall of 2015 with an ACS approved B.S. in Biochemistry.  Recently Erica wrote “Before I even graduated I nailed a job working at 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood through Pace Analytical Inc. At 3M I work in the Drug Delivery Systems Division (DDSD) which is responsible for metered dosed inhalers. My work comprises of testing a variety of components that make up an inhaler using GC-FID, HPLC, UPLC, GC-MS, and several other instrumentation. I am astonished with how much my past involvement with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has prepared me for landing a job so soon after college. Whether it would be from working as a Laboratory Preparatory Student for general and biochemistry classes, tutoring chemistry students, working on research with Dr. Dvorak, or just forming relationships with professors, every aspect of my college career helped me form who I am and what I am able to accomplish. I cannot say this enough to any college student; DO get involved, TAKE chances, and MAKE lasting relationships with professors and students. I am extremely grateful for every professor that saw the potential I had to do great in whatever I put my mind to and for giving me an arsenal of tools that will be forever used!”

John Wade '15

John Wade '15

John graduated in the Spring of 2015 with an ACS approved chemistry degree. He is currently enrolled in the Professional Science Masters's program at the University of Oregon and is interning at Hexion in their R&D lab. 

Once he finishes his studies this summer, he plans on moving laterally within Hexion to their lab in Louisville, Kentucky.

Katy Platt '16

Katy Platt '16

Katy graduated in the summer of 2016 with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry.

She recently got a job and Central MN Renewables in Little Falls in their analytical lab. Her responsibilities include performing quality control on samples throughout the fermentation and distillation process to make sure that the products sold (n-butanol and acetone) are pure. This includes using instruments such as HPLC and GC, and techniques such as titration.

Julianne Christiansen '16

Julianne Christiansen '16

Julianne Christiansen graduated in Fall 2016 with an ACS approved B.S. degree. Julianne recently accepted a job with Quality Chemical Laboratories in Wilmington, North Carolina as an analytical chemist I.
Connor Pribula '15

Connor Pribula '15

Connor graduated in Fall of 2015 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He recently accepted a position as a Lab Analyst for Pace Analytical, Lab Ops, 3M Center.
Jared Vearrier '16

Jared Vearrier '16

Jared Vearrier graduated Spring Semester 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry Jared in now in medical school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Jared recently sent us a picture from the day he received his white coat. He said: “My perspective in my undergraduate studies was always impressed by my previous four years as a mechanic. As a mechanic the balance of reward to effort was never proportional. A hard night of work paid the same as a slow night. When I began undergraduate studies, I was delighted that the more effort I gave to study, the better my results. An "A" on a physics exam was addictive. In my mind, undergrad is the time where efforts can have the highest yield. High academic performance and some extra-curricular activities can open the door to many opportunities. I am grateful to the dedicated professors at SCSU. They gave me the foundation that was crucial for my acceptance to medical school.”