Student Profiles

Brandon Frey

Brandon Frey

Major: Chemistry

Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Additional Information


I was fortunate enough to work along side Dr. Steven Kennedy during my time at Millersville conducting organic chemistry research towards a biologically active molecule. In addition, I spent this last summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) working with Dr. Jian Zhang on metal-organic frameworks, which has opened my eyes on this exciting field of chemistry.


Prior to Millersville I remember starting my senior year of high school unsure as to what I wanted to do after I graduate. I was always fond of the sciences but I was conflicted between biology, chemistry, and physics. It was my high school chemistry teacher who motivated me and inspired me to pursue chemistry. One thing he said to me that has changed my life is, "If you love something and you are good at it, you owe it to others to pursue it because not everyone has that capability." This is when I decided to major in chemistry.

In addition to my high school mentor, the Millersville chemistry department has pushed me farther than I would have dreamed. My academic advisor, Dr. Edward Rajaseelan, has been extremely helpful and encouraging in my college education. He convinced me to stay at Millersville and increase my workload so I can graduate in three years. Dr. Rajaseelan has guided me to believe in myself and that anything, even graduate school, is possible.

Dr. Steven Kennedy has also continuously encouraged me during the graduate school process and has shown me how to strengthen my application tremendously. Dr. Kennedy has also spent countless hours aiding me in my current research project, which I aim to write a thesis for next semester.


I have had many opportunities through my research here on campus and at UNL. Through both I have presented my research roughly a dozen times and received two publications. The highlight of my UNL research experience was receiving the peer reviewed 'best poster' and travel grant to present my research at the national ACS conference. Working ten weeks away from home and then being recognized by my peers and judges was the icing on the cake for my summer.


Set a goal that you can aspire towards during your entire college career. For me, my goals have changed from wanting to transfer, graduating in three years and finally graduate school. Keep these goals in mind every step of the way and remember what is important. Even when you do not want to spend another second looking at organic mechanisms, which you must be crazy because organic is great, remember what you hope to do, and even minor things like one quiz can help you get to that goal.


I aim to apply to graduate school this upcoming November and hopefully work in either organic or inorganic. Following my graduate school education I hope to work as a post doc in a slightly different field, such as chemical engineering, and then eventually work in academia.

What has been the most significant/exciting aspect of your work?

Publications are a way to quantitatively measure the work you put in your research. Even just one publication as an undergraduate can be challenging and I was fortunate enough to be a part of two fantastic groups at the right time for publications.