It has been a couple weeks since my last blog post because I have been extremely busy… doing loads of research and teaching some of the organic chemistry labs.
If you were to tell me my freshman year that I would be able to teach some of the organic chemistry labs by my junior and senior year, I would have thought you were crazy. But, it’s a reality. Franciscan has really stretched me academically and thus helped me to grow as a student. The science departments have, more than on a few occasions, left me speechless at just how awesome science is, and just what I am able to do if I put my mind to it. Praise God.
This past week, I was given the privilege to take the entire Organic Chemistry II class through some amine chemistry—some of which you can see on the board in the picture above. The chemistry they were doing is actually an extension off of the research I am doing for the Franciscan Institute for World Health (FIWH). These students helped me by taking a crucial derivatizing role, and the molecules they made will be tested against multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. Awesome!
It was actually my third time teaching for the University, and I have, for the most part, gotten somewhat comfortable being in front of my peers and teaching them. Although I’ve been doing this type of chemistry for years now, I am a student just like they are. I really understand where they’re coming from, their level of understanding, and thus I am able to really teach them and bring them to a deeper level of understanding. It was awesome for me because the task really demands that I understand the material, so it’s a win win situation. Dr. Rohde was there to correct me if I were to say something wrong, but thankfully that wasn’t necessary. I really enjoyed teaching them, and actually will be teaching again next week. Looking forward to it!
My name is Matt Stewart and I’m a chemistry student. I’m excited to be a student blogger representing the sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville for this next academic year. Franciscan has provided some pretty incredible opportunities for me the past couple years. I am excited to see what God does with our work, and I look forward to sharing more and keeping you updated.