Hello, hello! My name is Joshua Sanders and I graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Chemistry. I was very active on campus, involved in marching band, handbell choir, the Admissions Ambassador program, chemistry club (holding a variety of officer positions), and, of course, the Boone Honors Program! I was also an undergraduate student member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the ACS Blue Ridge Section all three years at Ferrum. I also completed several practical, independent research projects and honors enrichment projects, working with Carol Love, Dr. Maria Puccio, and Dr. Laura Grochowski, and the Faculty-Scholar program under Dr. Jason Powell.
I’m entering my second year in the bioanalytical division of the Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas, studying biochemistry in the Mure research group and I’ve settled in and gotten well underway working on my project. I’ve also been GTA-ing (Graduate Teaching Assistant) for various courses that run the gambit from every flavor of gen chem to organic chem lab, honing my skills as a future educator. When I’m not camped out in the lab, I play on two adult softball teams with the chemistry department (men’s league and co-ed league) and I am a cabinet member of the KU Chemistry Graduate Student Organization, helping to facilitate an inclusive graduate school environment and promoting communication and cooperation between the department and the graduate student body. I look forward to coming back to Ferrum to present at the Friday Natural Sciences seminar sometime soon, or maybe even coming back to teach if I’m lucky, but until then I’ll be living here in lovely Lawrence, Kansas, continuing my studies.