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NAME: Nathan Stumme
MAJOR: Chemistry

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS:  Supplement Instructor, Chemistry Club

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: When I first visited, I thought that the faculty were very caring, and the campus just felt like an environment I could thrive in.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I have always been fascinated with not only understanding how the world works but also how humans can optimize and positively transform it. This blend of discovery and innovation is present in chemistry and that is what made it initially attractive for me. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be pursuing my PhD in chemistry at the University of Iowa.

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Coursework, research, and interactions with faculty provided me confidence in myself as well as the knowledge to excel following Wartburg.  

Nathan Stumme

DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH WHILE AT WARTBURG: During my time at Wartburg, I spent three years doing chemistry research with Dr. Matthew Zart, synthesizing biologically relevant metal ion coordination complexes. This experience bolstered my capability in the laboratory as well as my ability to communicate science as I traveled and presented at three ACS conferences around the country during my time as an undergraduate. My experience conducting research over the past three years has helped me to discern my decision to pursue graduate school. 

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Dr. Matthew Zart has not only worked as my adviser throughout my four years at Wartburg but also as a mentor who has helped me to make life decisions and pursue graduate school. He has provided me the opportunity to conduct research and invested his time into my success not only as a student but also as a person.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never imagined myself studying abroad, yet it happened when I went to Costa Rica. The experience was phenomenal.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: Traveling to Boston to present at the National ACS conference.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: Reflecting back on my first year at Wartburg, I really enjoyed popping into people’s rooms and chatting with people about their day. I felt a real sense of community from the moment I arrived here and that sense of community is what I like most about campus life.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: If you can, study abroad, it is an experience that will be transformative. Other than that, enjoy your time here because it will fly by.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: For me, it has always been the people. The faculty, employees, and students create an atmosphere here that is special and #worthit.