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Matthew Myers '11

"A lot of what I appreciate with my degree was the opportunity to get involved, and how active the department was in training us not just in chemistry, but in writing and research and presenting. Sometimes, a lot of peers that I meet that went to different schools just don't have that same breadth of knowledge."

matthew meyer with kristi kneas in chemistry lab both in lab glassesA coveted summer internship led to an exciting full-time employment opportunity for Matthew Myers '11. Now a biochemist at Merck, Matthew uses his analytical chemistry skills to help in the production of new medications.

Matthew says Elizabethtown College prepared him for his career in two major ways. First, he says, was directly related to challenging academics—namely, the hands-on classes and research opportunities with the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department's close-knit faculty. He worked as a research assistant for two summers and throughout the school year with Dr. Kristi Kneas.

"... that one-on-one attention allows you to dig deeper into things you may be interested in, or things that you may be having difficulty with," he said. "Also, the department has a big emphasis on writing and presenting—that helps with more than just your resume, but also in interviewing."

The second way E-town prepared Matthew was the opportunity to serve as a Resident Assistant (RA), a position he says gave him maturity, leadership experience and confidence to succeed. Matthew also ran cross country and men's track his first and second year at E-town; the team was where he met some of his closest friends.

It wasn't only on the field, though, that Matthew learned teamwork. He quickly realized that he and his peers could learn from each other; he refers to this as "socially learning." This, he says, helped groom him for the collaboration with colleagues he experiences nearly every day at work.

"Chemistry is demanding, and rightfully so with all the research... I had to work hard. When I first came in, it was daunting. When I went out, I went out comfortable [with chemistry]," he said.

"A lot of what I appreciate with my degree was the opportunity to get involved, and how active the department was in training us not just in chemistry, but in writing and research and presenting. Sometimes, a lot of peers that I meet that went to different schools just don't have that same breadth of knowledge."

PHOTO: Matthew, with Dr. Kristi Kneas.

--Donna Talarico

Elizabethtown College