Diane Karloff, B.S. 2018

PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, Emory University – Atlanta GA / Staff Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Washington University in Saint Louis

2018 Major: Chemistry

How has being a Chemistry graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Through classes (especially chemical biology graduate classes), I was exposed to a lot of important literature concepts before I began graduate school, which made me more well informed. My research in the chemistry department began to teach me the kind of grit you need to overcome challenges and tolerate failure in science. The high expectations in my research lab made me a better written and oral communicator. I am very grateful for all of the wonderful mentorship I received through Duke Chem!"

What advice would you give students in Duke's Chemistry programs? 

"Until I graduated college, one of my main goals in life was to get good grades and meet the expectations my coaches/teachers/professors set for me. A big lesson I've learned in graduate school and in my post-college years so far is that in real life, you set your own expectations for yourself, and it's up to you to hold yourself accountable to them. Research is a great avenue to push your own limits, but be prepared for a lot of unexpected results."

Diane Karloff