Kenion Blakeman will graduate from Carthage in May with a degree in chemistry, and a resume already filled with research and accomplishments.
The Racine, Wis., senior is president of Carthage’s Chemistry Club and Theta Chi Delta, the honorary chemistry fraternity. He has been involved in faculty-led and independent research. He has received internship opportunities through the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and NASA. This fall, he presented a paper at the PEW conference in Chicago. In spring, he will travel to San Francisco to present his research at the National American Chemical Society Conference. “I have also made three presentations in the Carthage Natural Sciences Division Colloquium Series,” he said.
For Kenion, who plans to earn a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry before working in industry and eventually education, Carthage has offered opportunity and interaction with fellow students and faculty.
“The professors and students interact a lot, and there is a sense of community within the department,” he said. “Also, the department challenges students and makes sure students can succeed in academic and industrial situations.”
Kenion chose chemistry because he enjoyed the concepts, lab work, and incorporation of math and physics. Through Carthage student organizations, he is working to share chemistry with others.
“The Chemistry Club consists of around 35 students interested in chemistry,” he said. “The goal of the club is to build community through events such as hockey games and picnics. We also coordinate outreach events where we teach children in the local community about chemistry through interactive events. There is also an honorary chemistry fraternity, Theta Chi Delta, with about 20 active members. Many of us regularly attend local ACS (American Chemical Society) meetings, which present the opportunity to learn chemistry and network with chemists in the area.”
“I chose chemistry because I enjoy the concepts, lab work, and incorporation of math and physics.”
To earn a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry before working in industry and eventually education.
“Analytical Chemistry. I learned more in that class than any other class in college.”
“Intermediate Physics I.”
Favorite moments and memories at Carthage
“Being elected as president of Chemistry Club and Theta Chi Delta, being elected Outreach Coordinator spring of my freshman year, and my first day as an in-class lab assistant for the Chemistry Department.”
Favorite spot on campus
“Instrumental Chemistry Lab.”
Biggest surprise so far
“Seeing how much I’ve changed since freshman year. Also, the level to which classes have challenged me.”
Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?
“Chemistry is challenging and requires a lot of work. The department will do all they can to help you succeed, but in doing so, they will challenge you. Chemistry requires a lot of labs, which require a lot of time, so time management skills are important to develop. Research is important for many opportunities, and I suggest looking for opportunities as soon as possible.”