Research Lab: Dr. Jarett Wilcoxen (http://sites.uwm.edu/jarettw/)
Major Area of Focus: Inorganic chemistry
Research goals: To further understand the importance of metalloenzyme structure and function, and how their electronic structure contributes to that importance.
Education: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2011-2017, B.S. Biochemistry and Biology
Why I like Chemistry:
I originally had an interest in biology when I first entered in college. As the years went on however, I developed a new interest in chemistry after taking general chemistry courses. I soon realized that while Biology helps you understand life and how it functions in a macroscopic sense, it is really the atoms that make up these molecules that make life work the way it does.
Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee
Other than being the only program that accepted me (I applied to 6 different universities), I chose this program because it seemed like the best option for me. I wanted to stay In Wisconsin close to family, and when Milwaukee offered me an acceptance letter, it was something that I could not refuse. Even though I did not have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I feel that the faculty and staff of this program have helped me tremendously by helping me make my transition into a chemist.
Favorite Things to do in Milwaukee:
Listening to live bands and playing music
Hiking at the local parks
Run by the lakefront (especially Bradford Beach)
Go to Ma Fischers evert Sunday (best 24-hour diner you will ever experience)
Check out the local breweries
Conduct research in either industry or academia.