Graduate honors CSU chemistry professor

Posted: May 19th, 2015

Chemistry Professor Nancy Levinger once kicked Kyle Kung out of her research lab. Now, years later, Kung has created an undergraduate research fellowship in her name.Nancy Levinger, Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University

Eager to dive into research as a freshman, Kung started working with Levinger in the spring of 1993. But after one successful semester, his grades slipped below a 3.0 GPA.  Levinger, then a fresh face in the Department of Chemistry, expected students in her lab to stay on top of their game, so she enforced her minimum-GPA rule. That meant Kung was out.

“I tell my students to this day that if you’re doing research, you should earn a 3.0 or better,” she says. “Otherwise it doesn’t make sense that you’re doing research.”

After surrendering his keys and his desk in the lab, Kung seized the opportunity he knew might slip away. He buckled down and soon returned to the lab after raising his GPA. He proved an outstanding contributor from then on, and, after graduating from CSU, he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California- Berkeley. He’s since translated his training into a successful career in finance, and now works in banking in Hong Kong.

Still, he remembers his time in Levinger’s lab as one of his most important educational experiences. Throughout his career, he’s applied many of the lessons he learned there – some having little to do with chemistry.

“I was extremely fortunate to have had Nancy as my freshman adviser and work with her as an undergraduate researcher,” Kung says. “I learned the research and critical thinking skills that allowed me to succeed in my graduate and professional career.”

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