Class Year: Senior
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Bryant James developed an early interest in chemistry in high school. Arriving at Millersville University as a transfer student, James knew that he wanted to continue studying science but was not sure where it would take him. Originally planning to become a pharmacist, James was inspired by faculty and his individual research to pursue a career solely focused on chemistry. James chose to attend Millersville because of the chemistry department’s size and resources. He was attracted to the low student to faculty ratio and the cutting edge instrumentation available to students.
James describes his transition to Millersville as a transfer student as smooth, due to the welcoming nature of the chemistry department. He credits the faculty and fellow students with creating a strong support system that has allowed him to enjoy continued success with his studies. James’ academic pursuits have included independent research with Drs. Turchi and Rajaseelan, which further stimulated his interest in the field of chemistry. This interdepartmental research experience helped him to succeed in a highly selective summer research program held at the University of Michigan. James will present the data gathered during this summer program at the American Chemical Society national convention held at New Orleans.
James believes the openness of professors separates Millersville from other institutions. He mentions that Millersville professors are more approachable due to their congenial nature and willingness to answer questions. After graduation, James plans to attend graduate school to further study chemistry. He feels confident that Millersville has provided him with knowledge and skills that will greatly benefit him in graduate school. His suggestion to prospective and first-year students is to find a group of supportive friends that value the education Millersville provides, and put forth the effort necessary to succeed.