Exit Interview: EuTchen Ang

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Name: EuTchen Ang

Major: Chemistry

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Next Stop (after graduation): Princeton University, to pursue a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry.

Awards and memberships:

  • American Chemical Society Scholastic Achievement Award
  • Chemistry Department Honors
  • Dean’s List Honors
  • Legacy Scholarship Award
  • Presidential Scholarship
  • United Scholars Grant Scholarship
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars member
  • Phi Beta Kappa member
  • Sigma Xi member

Service experience: GeoKids LINKS (Learning Integrating Nature, Kids and Science)

Campus activities: Japanese Culture Club, vice president | Molloy Chemical Society, vice president

Hobbies: Taekwondo (first dan black belt), reading manga, watching anime, playing chess and basketball

Favorite professor and why: This is a very tough question, since many professors have influenced me greatly. If I had to choose one, it would be Mark Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, because he gave me the opportunity to conduct research as a Summer Scholar for three consecutive years and then as a senior research student on a fascinating protein called SmFixL*, which regulates microaerobic respiration and nitrogen fixation in plants. He's also a great teacher and a friendly person.

Most interesting class and why: Biochemistry, because I am interested in metal cofactors and metalloenzymes that serve important biological functions in the human body. Metal cofactors are compounds that are needed for a protein's biological activity.

What will you tell your children/grandchildren about your SJU experience? That I discovered my passion for chemistry, and that many of my teachers helped me to make that discovery.

What, if anything, would you have done differently at SJU: I would have attended more basketball games.

Favorite spot on campus: The Perch

Favorite SJU memory: Because of the people I met over the years, I have many good memories, but I would like to mention Paul Klingsberg, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, who has helped me in so many ways, even before I arrived at SJU. I am sure many people know the generosity of Dr. Klingsberg, even if they've never had the pleasure of taking his classes, but I would just like to thank him here: Thank you, PK!

What I’ll miss the most: My friends and professors.

How did your four years at SJU change you? (How are you different from who you were four years ago?) I have discovered my inner potential, and my preference for chemistry.

How will your SJU education help you make a positive difference in the world? It is my hope that I’ll be able to contribute to society as a chemist.

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