Student Spotlight: Jeff Hosmer
Chemistry has always interested Jeff Hosmer.
“When I was in high school, I took AP chemistry with a teacher who was very knowledgeable and could answer my random, complex questions about modern technology and chemistry,” he said.
He came to College of DuPage because it was a low-cost option for an education that would be comparable to large universities. What he found were caring professors and opportunities that would advance his studies.
“The professors at COD always make themselves available so that if you are going through a tough class, students can come in during office hours to get questions answered and gain a better understanding of the subject matter they are struggling with,” he said. “I believe that being able to talk to professors outside of class time helps students to not only do better in the class, but also helps them gain more knowledge about their career paths.”
While at College of DuPage, Hosmer participated in a prestigious summer chemistry research internship thanks to a grant through the College Foundation’s Resource for Excellence program. He worked with Professor Graham Peaslee at Hope College.
“The research opportunity at Hope College was quite a valuable experience to gain a feel for what a career in your field could be like. It also allowed me to interact with other college students who share some of the same career goals as I do,” he said. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to research at Hope College and believe that my experience there also will open other avenues to me that would otherwise be closed.”
After graduating from COD, Hosmer will transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He hopes to work in a lab creating new materials or chemicals that can be used in new technological applications.
He advises College of DuPage chemistry students to take advantage of interacting with the professors and to pay attention to the procedure in the lab.
“What I mean by that is to not only know what you need to do in the lab, but why a certain step or reagent is being used,” he said. “Lab work is very important to a chemist, and being in a lab for a class is sometimes only seen as following a procedure step by step and not realizing the reason behind the procedure. Instead, being in the lab should be used as a tool to prepare students for performing their own experiments and reaction sequences in the career they chose.”
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