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From the College of Natural Sciences

It's a New World

Dear Students, Today I was thinking about the start of my senior year in college.  It was 25 years ago and it is remarkable how much has changed.  I was a chemistry major and I was fairly certain I wanted to go to graduate school.  Not only was I set on chemistry graduate school, but I had settled on “p-chem,” physical chemistry.&nb...

Honeymoon is Fading

Dear Students, While I send my weekly emails to every student in the college, this week I wanted to send a particular message to the first year students in the Class of 2018.  So, for the rest of you: study, work, rest, enjoy, study, excel, learn, explore, achieve, and generally keep up the great work.  Now for the Class of 2018: I have...

After the Exam

Dear Students, It’s still exam time.  Some of you have had your first round of tests this year.  For others they will come this week.  Whether they have gone well or are something you are hoping to forget, it is important to take this opportunity to learn. When the exam grades come out, it is easy to just look up your score and mov...

First Exams

Dear Students, It’s the time of the semester for the first round of exams.  For many of you this has become routine.  Others are facing your first college exams.  I hope that you see exams as a challenge and an opportunity rather than a hurdle.  Faculty give exams to assess how students are learning.  Learning is why you’r...

Resumes

Dear Students, We are now heading into the first full week of classes. As the semester is just beginning, it might seem odd to suggest that it’s time to start thinking about your future after graduation; but it is--especially for the juniors and seniors. During my junior year I needed to make a resume for the first time.  Who would have though...

Changes

Dear Students, My name is David Vanden Bout and since mid-summer I have been the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Natural Sciences. As most of you know, Dr. Kopp has taken a position as Dean of Arts and Sciences at The State University of New York Stony Brook. As with all change, you’ll likely n...