Graduate Success

The academic and professional success of LVC ACS chemistry and chemistry graduates is extraordinary. 

ACS chemistry, biochemistry & molecular biology, and chemistry graduates of the past five years are pursuing Ph.D. degrees at the University of California (Santa Barbara), University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Lehigh University, SUNY Binghamton, University of Delaware (3), University of Pittsburgh, University of Florida, Pennsylvania State University (University Park), Thomas Jefferson University, Duquesne University, Michigan State University, University of California at Berkeley, and University of South Carolina.

These Ph.D. candidates are studying analytical chemistry, biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, chemistry, genetics, inorganic chemistry, neuropharmacology, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Other recent program alumni are doing/completed graduate work in the medical sciences (Medical University of South Carolina), pharmacology (Temple University School of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, Wilkes University), osteopathic medicine (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), podiatry (Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine), biomedical sciences (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University), animal science (North Carolina State University), nutrition (Rutgers University), and medicine (Drexel University School of Medicine). In addition, a recent graduate earned a post-baccalaureate fellowship with the National Institutes of Health and another received a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship at the University of Indianapolis.

Some of the department’s notable alumni include a professor of surgery/director of heart and lung transplantation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, assistant professor/cancer research associate at Michigan State University, and assistant director for chemical carcinogenesis at the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Etiology.

Graduates from the past five years are working as analysts, researchers, and scientists at the Institute for Glaxo SmithKline, Invitro Sciences, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Nissin Foods, Aswin-Ushas, Kensey Nash, Eurofins Laboratories, Cargill, and Silliker-Merieux NutriSciences.

From The Valley to the Ivy Leagues

LVC's long-standing national and international reputation in the sciences has led to numerous Valley chemistry graduates moving on to internationally recognized Ph.D. programs.

Dr. Roberta Reed Headshot

Dr. Roberta Reed '67 Receives Distinguished Alumna Award

Dr. Roberta Gable Reed received the College's Distinguished Alumna Award, recognizing the contributions she made as a research biochemist and laboratory director.

Justin Engle, an LVC ACS Chemistry graduate, now works at a brewery

Justin Engle '05 Assisting Texas Community During Hurricane Harvey

Justin Engle '05 and his crew at the Town in City Brewing Company in Houston Heights, TX are doing their part to meet the needs of their neighbors displaced by the devastating floods.

Where Our Alumni Are:

2018 Alumni

Chad Bomgardner: Laboratory Technician, Intertech, Essington, Pa.

Elijah Hudson: Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

Alexandria Lehman: Doctor of Pharmacology Program, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va. 

Corine Mendenhall: Chemistry Teacher, Lampeter-Strasburg School District

Nicholas Pollack: Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Alyssa Smale: Master's Program, Forensic Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. 

Andres Vazques-Lopez: Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. 

2017 Alumni

Name Position
Nathaniel Ginder Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Brianna Heffner QC Analyst, Colorcon, West Point, Pa.
Molly McBride Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
Darnell Pierre M.S. Program, Chemistry, Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
Mariah Smolka Associate Scientist, Eurofins Laboratories, Lancaster, Pa. 

2016 Alumni

Name Position
Kevin Doty Chemistry Teacher, Westhill Institute, Mexico City, Mexico
Megan Blauch Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
Antoinette Issis Laboratory Technician, ALS Environmental, York, Pa.
Joshua Kauffman Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
Matthew Maple M.S. Program, Science Education, Shippensburg University, Pa.
Rachel Moltz D.O. Program, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jeffrey Pellow Associate Scientist, Eurofins Laboratories, Lancaster, Pa.
Victoria Seader Research Technologist, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department, Penn State College of Medicine
Clarissa Shoffler QC Technician, Esschem, Liniwood, Pa. 
Daniel Weidensaul Associate Scientist, Eurofins Laboratories, Lancaster, Pa.

2015 Alumni

Name: Position:
Benjamin Carpenter Ph.D. Program, Organic Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Timothy Carroll Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara, Calif.
Philip Donmoyer Chemist, Lancaster Laboratories, Lancaster, Pa.
Charles Grove Associate Chemist, Progenra Inc., Malvern, Pa.
Alyssa Lancaster Product Technician, Kodak, Rochester, N.Y.
Kaitlyn McCardle Ph.D. Program, Analytical Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y.

2014 Alumni

Name: Position:
Shirley Guzman-Caballero Chemist, i3 Pharmaceuticals LLC, Warminster, Pa.
Jason Shay QC Analyst, J&J McNeill Inc., Lititz, Pa.

2013 Alumni

Name: Position
Edward Beall Ph.D. Program, Phys. Chem., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kyle Gross Process Chemist, Oxea Corp., Bay City, Texas
Justin Kontra Biomaterials R&D, Kensey Nash Corporation, Exton, Pa.
Alyssa Mitchell, M.S. Analytical Chemist, Gopher Resources, Tampa, Fla.
Stephanie Velardo, Ph.D. Scientist II, Los Alamos National Laboratory

2012 Alumni

Name Position
James Hartman Ph.D. Program, University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
Kimberly Holt Ph.D. Program, Pharmokinetics, Temple U., Philadelphia, Pa.
Lindsay Carl Keller, Ph.D. Product Engineer, Lam Research Corp., Calif.; Ph.D., Cal Berkeley
Allison Putt Latshaw, Ph.D. Senior Research Chemist, Versum Materials, Allentown, Pa.
Lauren Lebo QC and RD Chemist, Polytek Development Corp., Easton, Pa.
Jeremy Neese, M.D. Resident Physician, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Willie Rodriguez Production Supervisor, Nissin Foods, Gardena, Calif. 
Josie Senko Chemistry Teacher, Columbus Signature Academy, Columbus, Ind.
Jewell Wilson Technical Assistant, Akzo Nobel Powder Coating, Reading, Pa.

2011 Alumni

Name Position
Monica Carey Ph.D. Program, Inorganic Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
Brittney Fallucca Graduate Assistant, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.
Elyse Kirkhoff Enologist, Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma Highway, Calif. 
Bryant Kurtz QA, Deka, East Penn Manufacturing, Lyon Station, Pa.
Nathan Musselwhite, Ph.D. Process Engineer, Lam Research Corp., Fremont, Calif.
Michael Schmidt Ph.D. Program, Social Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.


Name Position
Gary Lam '09  Ph.D., Cellular Molecular Development Biology, Johns Hopkins University