Reflecting on 35 years: Rules to research by…

If you’ve been following CURChem in the month of April, then you’ve read and enjoyed the powerful career insights from our friend and colleague, Dr. Roger Rowlett. In this farewell post, we’ve made a infographic for you to remember Roger’s Rules of Undergraduate Research. Happy Retirement Roger!


Roger's RulesRoger’s Rules  Print and hang in your lab or office!

Reflections on retirement

 “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.”—Abe Lemons

Curling photo
Curling – the next best thing to CUR!

I will officially retire December 31, 2017, but will remain in the research laboratory until the end of the 2017-2018 academic year to mentor my last class of Colgate students in the research laboratory. For some reason, many people treat retirement as a funerary event. Some think you are ill, while others can’t believe that you won’t be bored out of your mind. I don’t understand these sentiments. Although I will greatly miss the hustle and bustle of the academic year, teaching eager students, making discoveries in the lab while getting to play with the coolest “toys,” writing manuscripts and going to professional meetings, I look forward to the freedom to pursue other languishing interests: flying, photography, curling, and public service. Of course, it’s hard to escape the grips of CUR even in retirement, and I’m sure I will be involved in CUR for years to come. All those ideas that guided me during my academic career—embracing luck, seeking out or being a mentor, not sweating the little things, planning for success, not being afraid to lead, setting priorities, having fun, continuous learning, and basking in the successes of others—these lessons will serve me well in the next phase of my career.


7cof1bd8Dr. Roger Rowlett recently retired from the faculty at Colgate University where he served for 35 years in the Department of Chemistry, many of those years as the GORDON & DOROTHY KLINE PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY and Chair. Roger was a founding member, a long-time Chemistry councilor and served as President of the Council for Undergraduate Research.

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