University of Utah
Chemistry Major, Spanish and Biology Double Minor
Having recently completed her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa,
Rebekah Richardson '07 is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah,
where she is continuing her work in organic chemistry.
How did your Knox experience affect the course of your life?
Greatly! Coming from a small town, there was a lot I was not exposed to growing up. Knox was a very diverse place that opened me up to a myriad of ideas and people. I feel that my experiences and good friends have made me a well-rounded and broad-minded person.
How has your Knox experience made an impact on your career?
It is the reason I decided to go to graduate school and a large part of how I decided to ultimately go to the University of Iowa and obtain my chemistry degree with Professor Wiemer. I did my Honors research with Professor Cermak and her husband who both got their Ph.D.s with Professor Wiemer in Iowa, so their input and experiences played a large part in my decision.
What's the most important thing you learned at Knox outside of the classroom?
Life does not always go as you planned, but sometimes that is a very good thing.
Any advice you would give to high school students undertaking their college search?
Don't be unwavering in your ideas of what you think you need. You grow and learn a lot in college just as a person, scholastics not included. I would also suggest visiting any college you are seriously considering if possible; you can learn a great deal from talking to professors and students.
Describe a memorable class, experience (research, study abroad, special term), or professor and the impact it had on you.
My most memorable class was Organic II with Diana Cermak. She was an excellent teacher who made organic fun (I know some people will think I am crazy here) and confirmed that I wanted a chemistry major. And of course there is Flunk Day; anybody who went to Knox understands the excitement of Flunk Day.