Exit Interview: EuTchen Ang
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Name: EuTchen Ang
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Next Stop (after graduation): Princeton University, to pursue a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry.
Awards and memberships:
- American Chemical Society Scholastic Achievement Award
- Chemistry Department Honors
- Dean’s List Honors
- Legacy Scholarship Award
- Presidential Scholarship
- United Scholars Grant Scholarship
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars member
- Phi Beta Kappa member
- Sigma Xi member
Service experience: GeoKids LINKS (Learning Integrating Nature, Kids and Science)
Campus activities: Japanese Culture Club, vice president | Molloy Chemical Society, vice president
Hobbies: Taekwondo (first dan black belt), reading manga, watching anime, playing chess and basketball
Favorite professor and why: This is a very tough question, since many professors have influenced me greatly. If I had to choose one, it would be Mark Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, because he gave me the opportunity to conduct research as a Summer Scholar for three consecutive years and then as a senior research student on a fascinating protein called SmFixL*, which regulates microaerobic respiration and nitrogen fixation in plants. He's also a great teacher and a friendly person.
Most interesting class and why: Biochemistry, because I am interested in metal cofactors and metalloenzymes that serve important biological functions in the human body. Metal cofactors are compounds that are needed for a protein's biological activity.
What will you tell your children/grandchildren about your SJU experience? That I discovered my passion for chemistry, and that many of my teachers helped me to make that discovery.
What, if anything, would you have done differently at SJU: I would have attended more basketball games.
Favorite spot on campus: The Perch
Favorite SJU memory: Because of the people I met over the years, I have many good memories, but I would like to mention Paul Klingsberg, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, who has helped me in so many ways, even before I arrived at SJU. I am sure many people know the generosity of Dr. Klingsberg, even if they've never had the pleasure of taking his classes, but I would just like to thank him here: Thank you, PK!
What I’ll miss the most: My friends and professors.
How did your four years at SJU change you? (How are you different from who you were four years ago?) I have discovered my inner potential, and my preference for chemistry.
How will your SJU education help you make a positive difference in the world? It is my hope that I’ll be able to contribute to society as a chemist.