Caleb Tatebe is an alumnus from YSU. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2012 and then continued his education and received a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 2014. Caleb is now pursuing a PhD at Purdue University where he is studying inorganic chemistry, specifically.
Within the past year, Caleb has been chosen as the recipient of two major awards. The first award he received was the 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technologies R&D Award. This award was for a recent publication he had in the journal Inorganic Chemistry that studies the reactivity of uranium-nitrogen multiple bonds. The second award was the 2017 Graduate Student Mentor of the Summer that recognized him for his work mentoring an undergraduate student in his research group during Purdue’s summer research program for undergraduates.
While at YSU, Caleb was involved in the YSU American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter. He was also briefly a representative for Graduate Studies in the YSU Student Government (SGA).
Caleb also loved his job at YSU. He had a great experience being a resident assistant (RA) for Housing and Residence Life for 3 years.
When speaking of current students, Caleb urged that students should take advantage of all the opportunities to connect and speak with faculty members. Specifically, for medical students, Caleb encourages the building of relationships with their faculty.
“The better faculty knows you, the better they can advise you on specific programs or universities,” Said Caleb. “Whatever your goal may be, it is very important to fully understand what is expected of your program! This can help you stay on top of applications and take some stress out of the process. Also, do not be afraid to explore different professional development seminars early in your collegiate career.”
Caleb also has a two-year-old son, Theo, who keeps him very busy while in graduate school, but he wouldn’t trade it for the world!
To learn more about Caleb’s journey, please email us at STEMNews@ysu.edu and we can get in contact with him.