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School of Molecular Sciences undergraduate has a passion for chemistry and cosmetics

School of molecular Sciences undergraduate Chloe Linton

School of Molecular Sciences undergraduate Chloe Larson would like to earn a master's degree in cosmetic chemistry and then potentially work for a cosmetic company. Photo by Mariela Lozano

February 13, 2020

Chloe Larson's interest in the sciences differs from many students. Her end goal is to combine her passion for cosmetics and science to work in Italy in a career in cosmetic chemistry. To that end, the student in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University is pursuing her bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in italian. Larson is also a part of Barrett, The Honors College.

In her free time, Larson enjoys swing dancing and crafting and is involved with the SAACS club on campus, where she serves as secretary.

One of Larson's remarkable adventures was studying abroad in Italy this past summer to challenge her practice in the Italian language and learn about art history through a Barrett, The Honors College program. Through this immersive experience she was able to better understand new cultures and learn more about herself. 

Through the School of Molecular Sciences, Larson has had the opportunity to learn about different practices that she can apply in her future career. Her favorite part about the school is that there are many opportunities to partake in labs and projects. She said one of her favorite classes was organic chemistry with President's Professor Ian Gould because he knows how to engage his students and makes learning the material fun and easier to understand.

ASU Now talked to Larson about her time at ASU so far about her future plans.

Question: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Answer: After graduating from ASU in spring of 2022, I would like to continue with my studies in cosmetic science. I would like to earn a master's degree in cosmetic chemistry and then potentially work for a cosmetic company. I would like to make products that are healthy for the skin but also rich in color and the vibrancy of the product. I am intrigued by everything that has to do with chemical reactions, but my main reason for pursuing this career path is to make people happy with their products and to look at the end product and be proud of what I create. 

Q: Do you have any tips for other students?

A: I highly encourage all students to check out the tutoring center and office hours. Students that have taken the course before you can share tips on how to succeed in the course and help you better understand the material. Leave the “tutoring is for people who are not smart” stigma in the past, because every college student who uses the center is better able to earn the grades that they would like in the course. By visiting the office hours, students are given the ability to ask questions directly to the professor and revisit in-depth questions about a topic from class.

Q: What made you choose ASU? 

A: I am from Arizona and wanted to stay close to home and pursue a degree in the field of chemistry. My big reason for joining ASU was because of being No. 1 in innovation. ASU and the School of Molecular Sciences have a lot of resources, making the student experience fun and always dynamic. Seeing what current students are involved in really amazed me. The opportunities to take part in research was another big thing that drew me in as I made my final decision to join the Sun Devil community.

Written by Mariela Lozano, communications assistant, School of Molecular Sciences. Jenny Green contributed to the story.

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