Steven Kennedy became one of TU’s first doctoral students in Chemistry after the program was approved in the spring of 2009. After receiving an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, Kennedy knew that he wanted to pursue a graduate degree but wanted to join a program that provided the flexibility for a variety of research interests and professional goals related to chemistry and biochemistry. TU’s new doctoral program in Chemistry has been set up to provide students with a background for careers in industry, academia, and government with opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations in a number of different areas.
In addition to the flexibility of the program itself, Kennedy also felt “the small program and friendly professors would be a great benefit to achieving my degree.”
Kennedy has always expressed a love of research and the vast opportunities it presents to solve problems related to everyday questions. His primary areas of interest address genetics and proteins as they relate to cancers. The cross-disciplinary opportunities in the TU Chemistry program allow him to combine his interests in biochemistry with coursework from chemistry and biology for a truly individualized degree program to meet his academic needs.
Kennedy plans to either continue researching with a medical research group such as The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or obtain a teaching position at the university level upon completing his doctorate.