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Grad Feels Lasting Connection to Chemistry Professors
Davon Slaton

November 05, 2015

Although he graduated several years ago, Davon Slaton '11 has kept up relationships with his chemistry professors.

"I still speak to a few of my previous mentors on a regular basis even though it's been six years since I graduated," he says.

Slaton recently finished graduate school at Syracuse University, and after working there as a postdoctoral research associate, he is currently a research analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses. 

Slaton was first drawn to Susquehanna simply because it "felt like home." He started as a biochemistry major with a pre-med minor, but ended up switching to a chemistry major with a physics minor.

"I made this decision based on my preference for the physical sciences and my love for fundamental science and research," he explains. "The small chemistry program at Susquehanna allowed for a very personal experience because of the relatively low teacher-to-student ratio. Professors often took the time to slow down and clarify the material before moving on."

Slaton says the chemistry program, and undergraduate research opportunities he had here prepared him well for his postgraduate studies. He recommends that current and future students take advantage of all opportunities.

"Doing research is a great way to learn how knowledge is generated and perpetuated. It also teaches you how to question and solve real-world problems," he says.

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