I have to thank Professor Stockland because he got me into organic metallic chemistry; it is so intuitive and interesting for me and I love it. My goal is to continue on to graduate school in this field, and I would be the first to do so in my family.
Starting in fall of 2016, Kevin will pursue a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of Rochester.
"I was born in Honduras and I came to the United States when I was four. I come from a family where my mom didn't finish middle school and my dad finished high school, but never pursued further education. My parents didn't think university was an option. They thought I would follow my brother's footsteps to community college. One day my college counselor gave me list of universities to apply to and Bucknell was on it, so I decided to apply.
"I really wanted to visit campus but it was too far for my parents to drive and I couldn't afford the plane ticket. My college counselor encouraged me to reach out to Bucknell for help, and they ended up flying me out for Admitted Students Day. I fell in love with Bucknell as soon as I got here. My parents are so proud of me. I keep pursuing chemistry because I keep surprising my family and myself with how far I can go with the major.
"I was sitting in Organic Chemistry lab my first year, when I saw Professor Stockland come into the classroom. He started talking to my lab professor, pointing at me, and then came up to me directly and asked if I wanted to do research with him. Of course, my only answer was yes. This moment is one of my favorite memories at Bucknell. One of the reasons I chose Bucknell was that I wanted research opportunities at the undergraduate level and personal relationships with my professors, which is exactly what I have with Professor Stockland.
"Ever since that day, I have been doing chemistry research. I have even been staying in the summer to continue my work because we are helping each other expose amazing discoveries and we also have an awesome time together. Our focus currently is on organic metallic synthesis. We are trying to make organic metallic compounds by bringing together inorganic and organic chemistry. We already have two published papers and we are working on a third. I have to thank Professor Stockland because he got me into organic metallic chemistry; it is so intuitive and interesting for me and I love it. My goal is to continue on to graduate school in this field, and I would be the first to do so in my family."
Kevin is from Waukegan, Ill.
Posted November 18, 2015