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Estée Lauder Chemist Named Alumna of the Month

Siobhan Conroy ’11, a chemist for Estée Lauder currently working on color development and makeup formulations for the Bobbi Brown and Smashbox brands, has been named Hofstra’s July 2015 Alumna of the Month.

Siobhan graduated from Hofstra University with a BS in chemistry. She says, “When I decided to major in chemistry, I knew I either wanted to go into medicine or do something in cosmetics. When I graduated from Hofstra, I started my master’s in biochemistry with the intention of applying to medical school. … After my first semester, I applied to a temporary lab technician position at Estée Lauder, and I fell in love with this career.” Not long after, Siobhan put her graduate studies on hold to accept a permanent position at the company.

When asked for advice for young women currently pursuing studies and careers in chemistry, she says, “You go girl! There is always a need for more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These fields continue to grow, so the need will continue to grow. There are so many careers in chemistry, other than medicine, that many students are not aware of, such as food and cosmetics.”

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