Typically, about a third of Knox chemistry majors go on to medical careers, a third continue on to doctoral studies and careers in research and teaching, and a third enter the work force, usually in chemistry-related fields.
In recent years, chemistry graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at institutions such as Yale, Colorado, Stanford, MIT, Illinois, Purdue, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cornell.
Among the Knox alumni who majored in chemistry are the following:
Product Manager, Johnson & Johnson. Spyridon-Vasileios Manias '95. Biology and Chemistry major.
Senior Scientist, Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio. Phillip Green '78.
Medical Student, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Richard Buchman '06.
Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Michael Johnson '63.
Physician, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, Bethesda, Maryland. Virginia Steen '69.
Medical Student, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Eden Tsehaye '04.
Senior Software Engineer, Apple Computer, Boulder Creek, California. Gregory Mullins '82.
Professor and Chair, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Gary Pollack '79.
Assistant Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Emiko Kasahara '94.
Medical Student, M.D. Program, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Christopher Ripperda '06.
Environmental Chemist, PDC Laboratories, Bartonville, Illinois. Wendy Baker Worms '92.
Assistant Professor of Opthamology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Susan Ksiazek '80.
Fulbright Fellow, Fulbright Fellowship, Blantyre Malaria Project, Blantyre, Malawi. Lindsey Turnbull '06. Chemistry and Biochemistry major.
Quality Unit Manager, Abbott Laboratories, Burlington Wisconsin. Aleid Van Der Zel Allen '88.
Medical Student, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois. Alexander Chang '06.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina. Thomas Schmedake '94.
Chemist, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, Missouri. Andria Widaman '05.
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. James Sodetz '70.
Laboratory Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thomas Yavaraski '82.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. Krishnavel Chathadi '93.
Professor of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Alvin Crumbliss '64.
Chemist, Pfizer, Durham, North Carolina. Heidi Heuerman O'Neil '01.
Manager of Protein Chemistry, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology, El Cerrito, California. Eric Helgeson '75.
Research Scientist, Proctor & Gamble, Fairfield, Ohio. Michael McCracken '73.
Graduate Student, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Amy Flanagan Johnson '98.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. Mary Crawford '89.
Toxicologist, Proctor & Gamble, Fairfield, Ohio. Arthur Raczynski '67.
Graduate Student, Ph.D in Chemistry, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Jessica Weller '04.
Chemistry and Physics Teacher, New Trier High School, Glencoe, Illinois. Patricia Ameche Carlson '85.
Advanced Quality Assurance Technician, Abbott Laboratories, Grayslake, Illinois. LaShawn Brownlee '94.
Research Chemist and Physics Manager, BASF Corporation, Grosse Ile, Michigan. Kurt Reimann '67.
Development Engineer, Abbott Laboratories, Highland Park, Illinois. Annette Ambrosini Johnston '81.
Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Barbara Baird Holowka '73.
Research Analytical Chemist, Abbott Laboratories, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Daniel Mossman '94.
Analytical Chemist, Gillette Company, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Curtis Whitaker '91.
Graduate Student, Ph.D in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Christopher Mill '02. Biochemistry and Chemistry major.
Senior Research Physicist, 3M Corporation, Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Patrick Fleming '83.
Senior Research Scientist, Pfizer, Lebanon, Connecticut. Bradley Poland '91.
Research and Development Chemist, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Libertyville, Illinois. Steven Malecha '81.
Chemist, Abbott Laboratories, Lindenhurst, Illinois. Scott Messner '83.
Senior Engineer, Caterpillar Inc., Metamora, Illinois. James Billimack '85.
Buyer, Sigma Aldrich Chemical Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rachel De Hartog '99.
Chemistry Lecturer, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. Gretchen Schulp Wolf '71.
Development Scientist, Pfizer. Mystic, Connecticut. Robert Peter Fairbank '92.
Physician, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Olathe, Kansas. Sally Rigler '84. Biology and Chemistry major.
Medical Student, Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Rebekah Richardson '07.
Chemist and Quality Assurance, Abbott Laboratories, Park Ridge, Illinois. Mary Gavin '97.
Chemistry Teacher, Mother McAuley High School, Plainfield, Illinois. Kimberly Black Turnbull '91.
Resident Anesthesiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Anna Schulze Ptaszynski '98.
Research Chemist, Pfizer, Rock Hill, Missouri. Rhonda Wood '99.
Medical Student, University of Illinois, Rockford, Illinois. Todd Lanser '00. Chemistry and Economics major.
Teacher, Illinois Math and Science Academy, St. Charles, Illinois. Christopher Kawa '75.
Chemist, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, Missouri. RaeAnna Zatarski '03.
Graduate Student in Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley, Salinas, California. Laura Anderson '00.
Graduate Student in Health Science, University of Illinois. Iris Randall '01. Chemistry and Black Studies major.
Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Santa Clara University, San Jose, California. Amy Shacter '85.
Professor of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Allan Devol '67.
Graduate Student, Graduate Student, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan Meier '07.
Chemistry Teacher, Evanston Township High School, Skokie, Illinois. Renee Demetra DeWald '76.
Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California. Denis Baylor '61.
Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Stonington, Connecticut. Arvind Rajpal '92. Chemistry and Computer Science major.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University of Medicine, University City, Missouri. Mitchell Grayson '89.
Graduate Student in Inorganic Chemistry, University of California-Berkeley, Walnut Creek, California. Helen Hoyt '01.
Professor of Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. David McMillin '69.
Graduate Student in Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University, Wood Dale, Indiana. Mary Sever '97. Chemistry and Educational Studies major.
Environmental Chemist, Severn Trent Labs, Wylie, Texas. Johanna McMillin Farber '96.
Knox College students in the Alternatives to Consumerism class traveled in groups for a community action project that involved giving away LED light bulbs in exchange for traditional, incandescent bulbs.
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.