Izzat Raheem

Graduate Program: G3 Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Subject: Chemistry

Partner Teachers: Tom McCarthy and Susan Alden


Short Bio: I was born in Odense, Denmark in 1978, and spent the first five years of my life living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a result of my father’s many engineering projects with the British company for which he worked. We moved to Yorktown, NY in 1985, a northern suburb of NYC. After high school, I attended Carnegie Mellon University, where I received my B.S. in Chemistry and Comp. Sci. in 2000. Upon graduation, I took a job at Merck & Co., where I worked as a Drug Discovery Chemist for 2 years. I returned to academia in 2002 to pursue my PhD in Organic Chemistry, working the laboratory of Eric Jacobsen in the area of organic synthesis and catalytic asymmetric methodology.

In my non-existent spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, mountain biking, grilling, and traveling anywhere I have not yet been.

Reason for Involvement in the GK-12 Program: This is my second year in the GK-12 program. Aside from truly enjoying working with students and seeing my contributions helping them succeed, my GK-12 involvement stems from a desire to see science at the high school level made fun, relevant, and inspiring to today’s students. The dwindling number of students choosing to go into science is somewhat alarming, and I believe a lot of their mentality comes for negative early experiences. I believe that a fresh and modern outlook brought to the high school by current graduate students working on today’s problems can be beneficial on so many levels. I also very much enjoy the interactions with both teachers and students, and hope to be making a positive impact on a variety of fronts.