Senior Profile: Gregory Harlow

NAME: Gregory Paul Harlow 

HOMETOWN: Medford, Oregon 

MAJOR: Chemistry 

CAREER INTERESTS: At heart, I aspire to be a teacher. As a chemistry peer learning assistant, witnessing the ignition of another’s curiosity for science has brought me to understand the message of the Latin proverb, by learning you will teach; by teaching, you will learn. In conjunction with my aspirations to become a professor, I am devoted to scientific research.  Thus, I will be attending graduate school this year at the California Institute of Technology to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

THE FACULTY/STAFF MEMBER WHO MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN MY TIME AT THE UO IS: My research advisor, Professor Shih-Yuan Liu, who has played an instrumental role in my development as a young scientist. I want to thank Dr. Liu for welcoming me to his laboratory as an undergraduate with the independence to think creatively, and the freedom to develop my own research project from conception, execution, and to publication. He has encouraged me to be diligent and meticulous in my work while still adhering to the principles of integrity and team spirit as foundations for my character.

I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by a team of supportive and self-motivated individuals in the Liu lab (or, Liu-Tang Clan) that have not only prepared me to be technically skilled, but have invaluably shaped my philosophy in life. Most notably, I want to acknowledge my graduate student mentor, Andrew Baggett, and postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Senmiao Xu, for teaching me the importance of a positive attitude in scientific research.

WHAT I DO FOR FUN: I have learned that success in the classroom and laboratory begins with a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I am an avid runner around the University campus, and Eugene is never short of scenic trails to venture during the early morning hours. I particularly enjoy scouting for new trails to hike around Southern Oregon; these activities have served as essential outlets to keep me energized, and inspire me to consider new approaches for solving problems. 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Giving back to the community and sharing my thirst for knowledge is a truly rewarding experience. I continue to bring purpose to my life through volunteer work in Dr. Shannon Boettcher’s educational outreach program for local middle- and high-school students. Their questions have taught me to enhance my teaching style, to impart the idea that a career in science is not only exciting, but also possible.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OREGON: The University of Oregon is never short of resources or opportunities to pursue one’s passions. Having enrolled as a freshman business major, it was the breadth of classes available in the large university setting that allowed me to realize what truly motivates me. Not only has Oregon provided me access to a world-class education, but also the resources of advisors, counselors, and department faculty that are committed to helping undergraduates succeed. For example, the Beckman Scholars Research Scholarship provided me significant financial support to pursue an independent research project in Prof. Liu’s laboratory.