Alumni Success

Carrie Schmitgen AlumCarrie Schmitgen '12

Double Major in Chemistry and Biology

After graduating, Carrie was accepted into Marshall University Forensic Science Masters Program. She is a graduate assistant in the Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) Laboratory where she tests soil samples which are differentiated by their soil microbial community using automated ribosomal intergenic spacer region analysis.

"I always felt as if the students had a voice in things that were going on in the department. It was like a family. I liked that a personal connection could be made with the professors.

"Heidelberg was a great experience and that had a lot to do with the Chemistry department."

V. Biagio Boytim '09

Chemistry Major

Following graduation, Biagio earned a pre-medical post baccalaureate degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following that, he entered medical school at LECOM. Currently he is on a clinical rotating internship in his 3rd year of medical school. Biagio plans to obtain a residency in either Orthopedic Surgery or Internal Medicine.

"Chemistry at Heidelberg prepared me for entrance into medical school. It was an integral part of my experience there.  "Professors consistently made time outside of class to address misunderstandings and questions."

"I felt the department had a genuine interest in my success. That was very important to me, and something I will not soon forget."


Alycia Palmer AlumAlycia (Brown) Palmer '09

Double Major in Chemistry and Mathematics

After graduating from Heidelberg, Alycia began her graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at The Ohio State University. In 2011 she earned an M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Turro research group.

"Now that I am a graduate student at one of the biggest schools in the nation, I appreciate more the small classes and close-knit relationships I had at Heidelberg. I remember my senior year especially, when I worked on two research projects, and both were with faculty members in the chemistry department. I developed immense respect for my professors as I worked closely with them, and I learned a lot through these individual research projects that helped to prepare me for graduate research."