Siegel is a 2013-2017 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry. He is one part Eagle Scout, one part master alchemist, and one part determination. That makes him determined to finish a doctoral degree in chemistry at KU so that he can become a leader in analytical chemistry research. As Siegel says, “Through research, chemists continue to astound the world with the creation of new technology and techniques.” Siegel began his graduate work at KU after working for Monsanto in Creve Coeur, Mo., where he provided analytical support for the chemistry research and development division and assisted with metal corrosion research. Siegel received his B.S. in chemistry (2011) from Truman State University (TSU). While an undergraduate at TSU Siegel discovered – and enjoyed – research. That led to a summer of undergraduate research at Michigan State University where he worked in a lab studying bloodstream complication during disease onset using microfluidic technology. At TSU Siegel was awarded the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, was the assistant manager of Bulldog Biodiesel, served as a teaching assistant, and was president (master alchemist) of the chemistry honor fraternity. During his first year at KU Siegel was awarded the Carl and Catherine Chaffee Scholarship, the Bailey Memorial Scholarship, and has served as treasurer of the chemistry graduate student organization.
Mentor: Susan M. Lunte, R. N. Adams Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry