Several Wheeling Jesuit University senior chemistry majors are gaining acceptance to prestigious graduate schools, and receiving full scholarships.
"Wheeling Jesuit chemistry students are very involved with research projects and academic activities, which are extremely beneficial for gaining admission to top graduate schools," says Dr. Mike Baird, chair of the Wheeling Jesuit Chemistry Department. "Our students gain national exposure from attending meetings, such as the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, and the visibility helps them gain a competitive edge."
Baird notes the University's new Acker Science Center also helps students when applying for graduate school. "The Acker Science Center contains state-of-the-art equipment. Our undergraduate students use equipment many chemists don't use until graduate school," he says.
Emilie Schierloh of Lima, Ohio; Sarah Arrington of Ravenswood, W.Va.; and John Spencer of New Martinsville, W.Va. have offers ranging from $40,000 to $54,000 to attend such universities as Cornell, Northwestern, University of Colorado, The Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and University of Kentucky. The financial packages include full tuition scholarships plus departmental assistantships to cover living expenses.
In addition to these stipends, some schools are offering signing bonuses as well. The University of Pittsburgh is offering Spencer an extra $9,000 if he signs with the institution.
"The doctorate degree these students will receive will open many doors for employment in industrial or academic settings," Baird said.