Climb Every Mountain, Study Everything Chemistry

October 14 2016
Category: Academics

The EC Graduate School Fair, set for Thursday, October 27, is quickly approaching. To get ready we are #SoaringToSuccess with Elmira College alumni now in graduate school.

This week spotlights Tyler Myers ’16. Tyler is a materials chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Tyler Myers

Let’s climb the mountains out west and hear more from Tyler himself…

Every morning, I walk out my door to head to class at the University of Colorado Boulder and catch a glimpse of the sun shining on the face of the Flatirons to the west. It's a view I never get tired of living in Boulder and cannot give enough praise to the Science Department at Elmira College for assisting me in getting to one of the top research institutions in the country.

Having the ability to conduct research one-on-one with very available faculty, along with the summer research program and conference opportunities, allows any student in the sciences to gain a comprehensive research experience in a multitude of fields.

Ph.D. programs are unlike anything I have ever experienced before. This is the big league, the home stretch of higher education. The work is difficult, tiring, and the stakes are always high.

It can also be overwhelming to find out that there are more people in the freshman chemistry course that you are assistant teaching than all of the students at Elmira College. And many of your colleagues come from big schools like the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of California, Berkeley. However, I fully believe my past mentors and professors have prepared me tremendously well for a fruitful career in chemistry.

After leaving Elmira, I worked at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a division of the University of Colorado's Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex, developing new organic materials for high-efficiency photovoltaics and flexible displays. I am currently a general chemistry teaching assistant and working on a new thin-film surface modification, known as atomic layer etching, which be utilized in the semiconductor industry.

I am extremely excited to continue my career at CU Boulder and climbing even more mountains (literal mountains). 

If you have any questions about attending graduate school in chemistry (or anything else really), please contact me: tmyers16@elmira.edu.

Are you interested in graduate school? Attend the Graduate School Fair in Speidel Gymnasium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Please contact Julie Fielding for more information.