JSU graduate and future chemist Anthony Keyes has his pick of several Ivy League institutions. Not only has the chemistry major been granted a full scholarship to the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is also fielding offers from Harvard, Vanderbilt and Caltech. All the schools are extending to Keyes full five-year scholarships with stipends of up to $45,000 a year.
However, the Colorado Springs native is taking the time to ponder his options. For the next six months, Keyes will be working at the University of Bordeaux in France to complete research in nanoparticles. He credits his professors, like Dr. Ashton Hamme, for encouraging him to go beyond his comfort zone in his studies.
“It is so important that students of science gain exposure to other cultures and thought processes. This (exposure) will broaden the depth of their studies and successes,” said Hamme.
Keyes expressed his excitement over having so many higher-education options but divulged that he was nervous about being accepted into MIT.
“MIT is definitely on my short list. I’ll visit several of the schools before I make a final decision,” he said.
Although he is currently undecided on where he will attend graduate school, the scholar has his career mapped out. His 10-year plan includes attaining his doctorate degree and teaching at a university. In the meantime, he has already started influencing other JSU students interested in science and technology.
His mentoring program, EMBER (Experienced Mentors Bettering Researchers), is designed for seasoned students to aid freshmen and sophomores in their studies. The creation of the mentoring program earned Keyes recognition with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C. He intends to continue sharing the “reach one, teach one” culture he experienced at Jackson State’s College of Science, Engineering, and Technology.
“Students like me aren’t rare. We are just the product of great mentorship. When I become a professor, I will take a page from my teachers at JSU and continue to change lives for the better,” said Keyes, who hails from a family of JSU alums.
Dr. Richard. A. Aló, dean of JSU’s CSET, explained that creating more success stories like Keyes is how the college thrives. “To see a student not only remain ambitious in his studies but also dedicated to the success of other students makes us all proud here at CSET,” he added.