Quantcast

New polymer science degrees would offer better opportunities for - KOAM TV 7

New polymer science degrees would offer better opportunities for students

Updated:
 A new degree program at Pittsburg State University is the only one offered in the region.

The Kansas legislature and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback are supporting the initiative that has the potential to make PSU a center for excellence in polymer science education, research and economic development.

Say polymer three times and it becomes a little easier to pronounce. Polymer science also known as polymer chemistry is making its way to Pitt State.

Student Dagen Worthington says, "It's really exciting and exciting to see where it goes."

Dagen  is one student looking forward to the university's new polymer science initiative, which includes a bachelor's and master's degree program.

Dagen says, "I never though ever I would be in a lab doing  the stuff."

Neither did Kalee Woody, an undergraduate who's pursuing a biology degree at PSU.

Kalee says, "The polymer chemistry really incorporates all of those aspects.  It doesn't just focus on one thing."

Petar Dvornic, chairman of the university's chemistry department says this is the only polymer program in the region.

Dvornic says, "It is an interdisciplinary educational research program aimed at creating high quality graduates."

Some say, polymer chemistry is a relatively new field  but course work will aid students pursuing high tech jobs, and also assist those seeking a doctorate.

Dvornic says, "They will be at the forefront of science they will be dealing with those materials i explained to you that are really at the forefront of science." 

And with faculty in place, the program now waits for students to enroll.

Kalee says "I'm an undergraduate and I'm going to be graduating in a couple years and I'm doing PhD work."

Dagen says, "I'm excited to get that experience and that credibility."

The university hopes to have thirty-five students enrolled in the program by the third year. 
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Man dies after trying to cross Range Line Road

    Man dies after trying to cross Range Line Road

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:48 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:48:43 GMT
    Michael Hewitt was transported by EMS to Freeman Hospital where he later died.More >>
    Michael Hewitt was transported by EMS to Freeman Hospital where he later died.More >>
  • Retail Sales Tax Renewal on Ballot for Oswego Residents

    Retail Sales Tax Renewal on Ballot for Oswego Residents

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:25:36 GMT
    Residents in Oswego, Kansas will be heading to the polls this coming week to cast their vote on a sales tax measure.  The continuance of a one-percent retail sales tax won't be an increase for the city, but some residents question whether the way the tax is phrased on this years ballot will sway some voters opinions.More >>
    Residents in Oswego, Kansas will be heading to the polls this coming week to cast their vote on a sales tax measure.  The continuance of a one-percent retail sales tax won't be an increase for the city, but some residents question whether the way the tax is phrased on this years ballot will sway some voters opinions.
    More >>
  • Faculty and staff add final touches to new facility at Crowder College Webb City campus

    Faculty and staff add final touches to new facility at Crowder College Webb City campus

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:09:05 GMT
    Now that construction is complete, faculty members at the Crowder College Webb City campus are making finishing touches to their new classrooms before the fall semester begins.More >>
    Now that construction is complete, faculty members at the Crowder College Webb City campus are making finishing touches to their new classrooms before the fall semester begins.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.