From small steps in communities to giant leaps in discovery

As a future health care provider, Alyssa Lambrecht says the right support and engagement at a university of interest was a non-negotiable. And she found it at Purdue.

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In her freshman year, she pursued undergraduate research with Dr. Herman Sintim, Drug Discovery Professor of Chemistry.  Although working for him is definitely a highlight on her resume, Alyssa says the benefits of the experience go far deeper.

“I enjoy my time in his lab because if I have a question, I can ask him and he’ll find time to sit down with me,” Alyssa says.

She feels that Dr. Sintim is clearly invested in her success because, over the years, he’s helped her along the way in all the small steps, too.

“He’s helped me prepare a poster for a symposium and he wrote me recommendation letters for medical school. He paired me with two wonderful graduate students who I work with very closely and view as mentors,” she says. “He’s given me my own set of responsibilities and I’ve gained more skills each year. Even if I don’t see him in the lab all the time, he values my work and helps me succeed in many ways.”

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