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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Alumni Corner

Heidi Kastenholz—BU 2019

Heidi KastenholzWhat is your favorite memory of your time as a Butler University Chemistry student?

My favorite memory from being an undergraduate were the two short-term study abroad courses with which I participated. The first was in the summer of 2017 and  the course was CH418: Chemistry and Art. The class was amazing! The second course was NW210 in the spring of 2019 and I was the lab assistant and a chaperone on the abroad portion. Being able to share my passion for chemistry and art from the first course with the students in course this spring was a wonderful experience.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working at Butler University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as a Technical Lab Support. I'm really enjoying being able to work with the other staff and the faculty in this new capacity.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to attend graduate school starting in the 2020-2021 school year for analytical chemistry. After that I'd love to continue doing research with cultural heritage science. 


Dr. Lindsey Drake—BU 2014

What is your favorite memory of your time at Butler University in the Chemistry Department?

I did research over the summer as a member of the Butler Summer Institute (BSI). I really enjoyed the freedom of designing my own experiments and working every day to answer those questions. That experience showed me that I enjoyed research and could do that as a career. 

Were there any unexpected Life Lessons that you learned from the Chemistry Department?

Writing my honors thesis was a little bit of a nightmare. I learned how important it was to be organized and clear when documenting experiments while you do them!

What are you doing now?

I'm currently working toward my PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan. At Butler, I didn't intend to go to graduate school. After a co-op at Eli Lilly and Company during my senior year, I realized that I wanted to be a group leader and to direct projects, which requires an advanced degree.

What did you learn from chemistry that is helping you most in your current career?

My degree prepared me really well for my courses in graduate school. My laboratory skills also made the transition to doing research full time really smooth. 

We are excited to share that since Lindsey's interview in 2015, she completed her PhD at University of Michigan (in 2019), and is now a post-doctoral research associate at Yale University.


Dr. Daniel Kroupa—BU 2012

Dr. Daniel Kroupa, WRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, has been named to the Forbes “30 Under 30: Energy” list for 2019. His research on perovskite thin films could create an efficiency breakthrough for solar photovoltaics when integrated with silicon panels, greatly increasing the efficiency of solar panels and lowering their costs.