Friday, July 15, 2016

Alumnus Spotlight - Kasey Clear

IU South Bend graduate Kasey Clear (Chemistry, 2011) was awarded his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame for his dissertation Molecular Probes for Biomembrane Recognition.  During his five-year journey through graduate school, Kasey published research in Bioconjugate Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Analyst, and even co-wrote the book chapter Synthetic Receptors for Polar Lipids in the book titled Synthetic Receptors for Biomolecules edited by his thesis advisor.  He somehow still managed time for activities other than coursework and research. Here he is pictured helping out with the "You be the Chemist" Challenge - a nationwide contest for students in grades 5 to 8. 
This fall Kasey is heading to Murray State University in Kentucky to start his professional career as an organic chemistry professor.  The department offers undergraduate and masters degrees.   He was attracted to Murray State in part by its well-equipped research laboratories where he plans to continue research - but Kasey also says that his positive experiences as an undergraduate at IU South Bend influenced his decision to take a position at Murray State, a regional public university like ours.  We are all very proud of you, Kasey.  Congratulations! And good luck!