Haley Chatelaine


What inspired you to pursue a chemistry major or minor?

Dr. Jones and Dr. Johnson kept bugging me about being a chemistry major, but I wasn't having it until halfway through my first year. I realized that chemistry can be more than just fooling around in a lab; it's a creative process, bound by certain rules, which allows you to explore, manipulate and discover phenomena at its most basic level. Once I figured that out, I had to cede to the (two doctors). They win.

What are some benefits of studying chemistry at a liberal arts college?

As a prospective scientist, I love learning about the context in which I will be working. I don't think anyone should just coop yourself up in a lab if you really want to make an impact. You have to understand a global perspective and how critical thinking works, as well as how you hope for your work to influence humanity. The liberal arts build that perspective. 

What advice do you have for students considering a major or a minor in chemistry?

Don't worry about judging yourself or the classes you take. It's going to be hard, but it doesn't make sense to dwell on how well/poorly you think you're doing. Do your best, ask for help when you need it and know that if you work hard, everything will be ok.

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation?

I hope to enter a PhD program in food science, focusing on assessing and optimizing the bioavailability of nutrients in food products.

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

The best thing has been the opportunity to be involved in pretty much everything that interests me and to meet awesome people along the way.

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSB and SJU?

I'm captain of the Swim & Dive team, President of Chemistry Club, on the Honors Planning and Advisory Council, and on the Leadership team for Benedictine Friends. I also do chemistry research, play trombone, volunteer for maple syrup stuff and make the occasional promotional video.