Sarah Garvey is starting her fourth year as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Marian University.

“I grew up in Antigo, Wisconsin with two older brothers. I played soccer and tennis when I was in high school and I played flute in the marching band until I graduated. I did my undergrad in Chemistry at UW-Oshkosh and then got a job as a Production Chemist at Sigma Aldrich in Sheboygan Falls and I worked there for a year and a half before starting grad school at UW-Milwaukee. My husband, Mike Garvey, is also a professor in chemistry and physics at Marian. We met at UW-Oshkosh in our chemistry classes. We have one daughter and one on the way!

One of the things I love about Marian is the small class sizes. Something else that drew me in was how the students get to know their professors really well. That was one thing I was looking for – the more intimate feel with the students. You really get to know them. They aren’t a number. I also like the surrounding community. The size of Fond du Lac is ideal for me. I could definitely see us raising a family here and so that’s what drew me in and is keeping me here; the city and the University.

I’m really excited for the renovations taking place in Marian’s new science building. It’s fun to see the plans that are coming through. I’m most excited for the larger labs with more functional equipment and an upgrade in instrumentation. It’s definitely something we are lacking right now and I’m looking forward to giving our students that state of the art technique and experience.

My advice to students would be to work hard and don’t give up. A lot of students have said they can’t do it but it just takes constant effort and belief in yourselves to do something. You’re capable of more than you know.”