Student Spotlight: Kristin Kubelsky
Kristin Kubelsky can cite a number of reasons why she selected College of DuPage.
But one stands out above the others: the personal attention she received from her professors, which helped her succeed in the classroom.
“All of my Chemistry professors were extremely helpful in making sure I understood all of the material presented,” Kubelsky said. “Professor (Lubna) Haque, my Chemistry professor my first semester, provided me with numerous opportunities, helping me receive an internship at Argonne National Laboratory.”
Kubelsky continued to work at Argonne as a cooperative education student even after earning her Associate in Science degree while focusing on chemistry. She transferred to Benedictine University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a perfect 4.0. While at Benedictine, she worked on a research project for one year that involved determining the electrochemical and anticancerous properties of different types of polyphenols (antioxidants). Her research was presented as poster presentations at the ACCA conference and the ACS Central Regional Conference.
Having graduated, Kubelsky is now working full-time at Argonne National Laboratory in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. Her ultimate goal is to earn her doctorate. She is considering chemical engineering as a career and may even look into physics, as long as her job pursues new innovations for the future.
Whichever path she takes, Kubelsky is sure to maintain contact with her professors at College of DuPage and advises new students to do the same.
“Everyone I know who attended COD always told me that it was a great school not only for financial reasons but also for the class environment and the amount of help the professors are willing to give you,” she said. “Students considering COD should always make sure they ask their instructors for help if needed because they are always willing to do so!”
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