Great students graduate every year from the Hastings College Chemistry Department. Our small class sizes with professors who love to teach and opportunity to be in the lab trying new things every semester really sets us apart. Check out some of our recent grads below!

The Department is fortunate to have an endowment that helps us fund student research projects, as all majors in the department conduct a significant senior research project. The Dr. Robert and Rogene Johnston Endowed Chemistry Fund was established in memory of the late Dr. Johnston, a 1943 graduate and Chemistry major at Hastings College.

Gifts can be given online by selecting “Other” under the “Designated to” box and entering “Dr. Robert and Rogene Johnston Endowed Chemistry Fund.”

We also have naming opportunities available for labs and offices. For more, contact Mike Karloff at the Hastings College Foundation at 402.461.3979 or

Thank you for your support of Chemistry at Hastings College!

Recent Graduates

2017 Graduates

2017 chemistry grads

From left: Julia Thibault, Biochemistry from Colorado Springs, Colorado; John Bohmfalk, Ph.D., Professor; Sienna Athy, Biochemistry from Kearney, Nebraska; Amanda Solem, Ph.D., Professor; Esteban Lopez, Biochemistry from Tucson, Arizona; Moses Dogbevia, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Fred Mattes, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Chemistry; Sean Selko, Biochemistry from Hastings, Nebraska; Neil Heckman, Ph.D., ProfessorNick Giaffoglione, Chemistry from Omaha, Nebraska; and Anna Megenhardt, Biochemistry from Berthoud, Colorado

2016 Graduates
2016 chem grads

Front row, from left: Christina Zarek, Biochemistry from Grand Island, Nebraska; Paige (Skillet) Bouc, Chemistry from Lincoln, Nebraska; Moses Dogbevia, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
Back row, from left: Neil Heckman Ph.D., ProfessorBrooke Appelhans, Chemistry from Sterling, Colorado; and John Bohmfalk, Ph.D., Professor

2015 Graduates

chemistry grads 2015

From left: Moses Dogbevia, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Hallie Bauer*, John Bohmfalk, Ph.D., Professor, Torey Kranau*, Anna Eliasen, Jessica Schneider*, Ngoc Nguyen, Cora Rush, Colin Sand, Heidi Roth, Neil Heckman, Ph.D., Professor, Haley Sandoe.

*Early admission to pharmacy schools; will officially graduate in 2016

2014 Graduates

chemistr grads 2014

Front row, from left: Kaitlin Johnson, Biohemistry/Molecular Biology from Omaha, Nebraska; Emily Wright, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Bridgeport, Nebraska; Mikaela Newlun, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Hastings, Nebraska; Haley Burge, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Loveland, Colorado.

Back row, from left: Moses Dogbevia, Ph.D., Associate Professor; John Bohmfalk, Ph.D., Professor; Travis Morrow, Chemistry from Hastings, Nebraska; Max Nyce, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Hastings, Nebraska; Melissa Hessler, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Gering, Nebraska; Neil Heckman, Ph.D., Professor; Jacob Essi, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Omaha, Nebraska.

2013 Graduates

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From left: Neil Heckman, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Joe Bliven, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Lexington, Nebraska; Shawn Bydalek, Chemistry from Franklin, Nebraska; Shelby Follett, Chemistry from Parker Colorado; Moses Dogbevia, Ph.D., Associate Professor. Not pictured: John Bohmfalk, Ph.D., Professor (sabbatical)