Timo Ovaska remarks that the clothes we wear, the colors we see, the foods we eat, the fuels that power our cars, the medicines that make us heal and feel better, even the biochemical reactions that happen in our bodies are all manifestations of the importance of organic chemistry in daily life.
He also praises his students who chose to do research, as there is no mandatory research component for the chemistry major at Connecticut College, who have gone on to successful careers. Students chose to get involved not because it was going to be easy, but because they were genuinely interested, had the to desire to learn more than they would simply by going to class, and were up to the challenge.
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Ovaska, Timo V., "Student-Faculty Research in Organic Chemistry" (2011). Honors and Awards Speeches. Paper 4.
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