I am happy I chose SVSU
When Hannah Mize enrolled at SVSU in fall 2009, the Caro native says her collegiate expectation was to work hard for four years and get her degree. Beyond that, she thought, what else could there be? She’s certainly finding out. Her SVSU experience “has been so much more rewarding than I ever thought possible,” she says — rewarding, as in securing a full-ride graduate assistantship at MSU, where she plans to complete her doctorate in analytical chemistry.
I am a formula for success
Besides meeting new friends and growing intellectually as a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Hannah says her experiences gave her the opportunity to make the most of her college years and now become a doctoral student.
“Three career-related, out-of-the-classroom experiences at SVSU gave me such a sense of what I would ultimately do,” says Hannah. Her student employee job in the chemistry stock room was an opportunity to learn about the department and its people, she got real-world feel for chemistry during an internship with Dow Corning Corp. and — at the end of the winter semester of 2011 — Hannah began a research position under David Karpovich, H.H. Dow Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry. Everything came together for Hannah.
I am already a published researcher
“I am so blessed to have been able to work with such great mentors, have access to labs and instruments that normally undergraduate students don’t get and be published. It’s crazy,” Hannah says with a laugh.
For two years, she worked alongside fellow student and now doctoral candidate Anthony Lucio, Dr. Karpovich and others. They reported their research in a paper, “Emulsions of Crude Glycerin from Biodiesel Processing with Fuel Oil for Industrial Heating,” published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in January 2013. “I think I was more excited about the publication than graduating,” she says.
“The opportunities you get at SVSU as an undergraduate student are amazing; these things (research, conference poster presentation, work alongside doctoral-level faculty and publication) don’t usually happen at an undergraduate level.”
I am connected
Rather than wait until fall to start classes, Hannah is jumping into lab work at MSU, starting in June. “I want my PhD in four, not six years,” she says. Hannah envisions a career in labs, doing research for industry or the government.
Whatever happens, she’ll stay connected to Dr. Karpovich: “He’s such a good role model. He has always given me such good advice; he motivates me. I amconnected to someone who is so smart. It’s priceless. I know we’ll keep in touch.”