Chances are if you are in Temple Hall you might run into Eric Tague, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the department of chemistry. Tague began his fascination with chemistry in high school after learning about moles (a unit of measurement) and unit tracking. Tague followed his passion to Missouri State and was accepted into the accelerated master’s chemistry program.
The accelerated program is the perfect fit for Tague as he is able to complete both a bachelors and a master’s degree in chemistry in just five years, before pursuing a PhD. In addition to his academic goals in chemistry, Tague took his Missouri State experience to the next level by getting involved with his program and the department.
Early on Tague joined the one of the department’s student organizations, the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, of which he later became president.
“By joining [ACS] I was able to expand my horizons and meet other students who shared my passion for chemistry,” said Tague.
While in ACS, Tague was able to participate and lead several events related to his field. One opportunity included a day long event to get elementary and middle school girls interested in science using mock crime scenes and forensic explorations.
Being involved in a student organization also gave Tague experience in leading high school demonstrations, presenting at conferences, community service and networking.
Undergraduate research gave Tague another opportunity to immerse himself with faculty and his field.
“By getting involved in undergraduate research you get to see what’s going, what’s new,” said Tague. “You really get to experience and understand the hardships and struggles associated with and the cycle of research.”
Tague is currently expanding on his undergraduate research project on the sensitivity of erbium based sensors and has published one paper on chemiluminescence of metal complexes.
Tague’s advice to students is to get involved, get to know your teachers and TA’s, and to make a difference during their college career.