Scholar Profile

Jessica Kisunzu

Voted Most Likely To:
Teach organic chemistry

Southern Adventist University, Class of 2008
University of California - Berkeley, Ph.D.

Currently Working As:
Assistant Professor, Colorado College

What do you love about your job?
I love being able to help students learn, understand, and get experience with organic chemistry through class, lab, and research. It's fun to see students start to enjoy a subject that they thought they might not like. I also enjoy seeing students explore the different opportunities and applications of all chemistry subdisciplines that are available to them.

What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
Starting here at CC has been the most exciting because I had been looking forward to this part - working with students and helping them get excited about organic chemistry. Additionally, I had the opportunity to do postdoctoral research in Switzerland which I enjoyed because I got to learn about scientific opportunities abroad.

What would you tell yourself at age 18?
Keep working, keep learning, build community everywhere you go, and always be on the lookout for new and different ways to apply your interests and knowledge. Don't forget to celebrate your milestones and achievements.

How has ACS Scholars impacted your life and career?
Probably one of the biggest ways that ACS Scholars impacted my career was in connecting me with the larger ACS community. I saw that I belonged to a network of scientists that I could get to know and learn from.