March 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Chemistry Grad Student off to Leipzig University for Double Master’s

Bradley McCullough, portrait in lab

Bradley McCullough

Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Bradley J. McCullough ’17 has headed to Germany this semester as part of the Chemistry Double Master’s with Leipzig University.

McCullough, who earned a B.S. is Chemistry from the College of Arts & Sciences, is the first graduate student from OHIO enrolled in the Ohio/Leipzig University program, which allows him to obtain two master’s degrees at an accelerated rate—the M.S. in Chemistry from Ohio University and the M.Sc. in Chemistry and Biotechnology from Leipzig University.

Further attracting McCullough to this program was the opportunity to study abroad and to experience education, research, and life at the international level.

The Marktplatz is at the heart of Leipzig, Germany.

The Marktplatz is at the heart of Leipzig, Germany.

“The Ohio/Leipzig dual degree program has given me so many opportunities that I never imagined I would be able to have,” McCullough said. “This program provides a specialized, hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of chemistry that I could not have received from only a bachelor’s degree. Something that I am really looking forward to over the next five months is the opportunity to live in Germany and work in the state-of-the-art research facilities at Leipzig University.”

As an undergraduate at Ohio University, McCullough joined the research group of Dr. Travis A. White, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, during his senior year and was interested in the opportunity to continue the research he started.

McCullough spent the first half of his accelerated program in White’s lab developing small molecules that convert water to hydrogen fuel using light. At Leipzig University, McCullough will take graduate chemistry classes and perform research activities under the direction of Professor Berthold Kersting, allowing him to further expand his educational and research backgrounds while also initiating more collaboration between the two universities.

For more information regarding the double master’s program, contact Dr. Jennifer Hines, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, or Dr. Eric Masson, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

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