Teaching & Mentoring in Chemistry

When you join the Chemistry Department at Otterbein, you will get to know faculty mentors who will become some of your best cheerleaders and sounding boards, and will help you get out of your comfort zone to help you develop professionally and personally.

In small-sized classes, you will learn from faculty who have developed innovative curricula, from studying chemical structures through x-ray crystallography and cheminformatics with Dr. Dean Johnston, to discovering the intersections between chemistry and art with Drs. Joan Esson & Carrie Hayes, to learning from faculty like Dr. John Tansey, who has written a biochemistry textbook.

Starting your first year on campus, you can work in research labs with faculty, learning to apply what you learn in the classroom to a new setting – whether that be in traditional chemistry research or curricular development.

We are alongside you as you grow professionally, seek out internships and travel to national meetings to present the results of your research or travel the world.

Dr. Robin Grote (L) with Carsyn Stobart ’21 (R) at the Fall 2019 American Chemical Society National Meeting, held in San Diego, CA.


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I wanted to sincerely thank you for everything you did for me to help me with my preparation for and application to the Lubrizol internship! Without you mentioning it, I never would have thought to apply! I am confident that you had a major role in my being hired as an intern. Because of what you taught me in class and in the research lab, I was able to answer questions they had in the interviews.

Lily Nichols ’22

Chemistry B.S. & BMB double major with minors in Math & Physics.
Lily Nichols, showing off the chemistry face mask she designed and a pot of peppers that she analyzed as part of her Analytical Chemistry Laboratory course.
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Lily Nichols