RACHEL DEROSA

Environmental Chemist

IF IT DOESN’T CHALLENGE YOU, IT DOESN’T CHANGE YOU.

Stepping outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself has always been my approach towards improvement and growth.

I entered college as an Environmental Science major, but quickly realized I was equally in love with chemistry. Unable to choose one over the other, and because they both coincidentally fit into my schedule, I added a minor in Chemistry; but what may have started as a coincidence, ended up shaping my interest and future in environmental chemistry, as well as my career path that has led me to BSTI.

After graduation, I spent a year serving with AmeriCorps City Year in Philadelphia, working alongside my 10th grade Biology students to improve their academic, attendance, and social-emotional skills. This opportunity took me as far outside of my comfort zone as I had ever been, but in return, taught me the importance of being patient, perseverant, and dependable, and to keep an open heart and an open mind everywhere I go and in everything I do.

After City Year, I spent some time working in an Environmental Chemistry lab, where I gained a strong understanding of the chemistry in our environment, as well as the analyses used to study it. In my current position, I am excited to take on new challenges each day that will allow me to grow and improve as an Environmental Scientist.

When I am not working, I can most likely be found going for a run outside or hiking with friends. When Mother Nature is not on my side, however, I am usually inside baking new desserts or curled up on the couch with my dog, Molly, and my cat, Cooper.

University of Delaware –
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science,
double minor in Chemistry and German
40 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification & 8 Hour refresher