W&J Senior Earns Highly Competitive Spot in University of Michigan Program

Created: January 18, 2016  |  Last Updated: July 13, 2020  |  Category:   |  Tagged:

WASHINGTON, PA (Jan. 18, 2016) — Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) student Wes Pein ’16 has won a highly competitive spot in Michigan Chemistry Opportunities for Research & Education (MCORE) at the University of Michigan.

Pein, a senior chemistry major, was chosen nationally as one of the top 10 qualified prospective chemistry graduate students. As part of the program, he has an incredible opportunity to further his knowledge and experience in the chemistry field.

“This is exciting because I will be able to tour the facilities, meet graduate students and faculty members, sit in on lectures, and participate in workshops,” said Pein. “All of the expenses are covered by the University of Michigan. Hopefully, this means that I have a solid ‘foot’ in the door for graduate school admissions.”

W&J faculty members nominated Pein to apply to the program, and after he was chosen to apply they worked closely with him to complete the application. His hard work and dedication were evident to many both before and during the process.

“Wes is an exceedingly motivated and talented student, who is extremely involved in the Chemistry Department. He has distinguished himself through his coursework, as well as his service as a laboratory assistant and a PAL tutor,” said Mike Leonard Ph. D., a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Pein’s advisor. “Wes has also been a leader across campus. He has made significant contributions to Student Life as a Gateway Advisor and a Resident Assistant. There’s no doubt that he has a bright future in chemistry, and the MCORE Preview Weekend will give him a head start on selecting the graduate program that he will attend.”

After this experience, Pein will be better prepared for his future in chemistry. Pein hopes to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry to either work in the pharmaceutical field or the green energy field or to become a chemistry professor. Whatever path Pein decides to take, he would like to acknowledge the people who made it possible for him to get this far.

“I owe all of my success to my friends, family, alumni, staff, and faculty who have helped me along the way. I would not be able to perform on this high of a level without the help and support of all of you,” said Pein. “In particular, I would give special thanks to Michael Leonard, Ph.D., for playing an instrumental role in my education and in (my) life. He has provided me with the tools and inspiration for me to accomplish all that I have and will do. For that, I am truly grateful.”


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