Matthew Hostetler was looking for a small Catholic college with a
good reputation in the sciences. From the moment Hostetler first
visited the Marian University campus, he felt an overwhelming
sense of peace, similar to that of being home.
Hostetler was involved with many clubs and organizations
including student ambassadors, orientation staff, peer tutors,
tennis, and Students Taking Active Reflective Roles (S.T.A.R.R.).
Hostetler’s favorite memory is his trip to New York City for
Alternative Spring Break. “It was truly an unforgettable experience.
The opportunity to serve the poor and marginalized alongside my
classmates was very special. Most encounters with my peers take
place in the classroom, but this trip challenged us to go outside
of our comfort zone. I not only grew as an individual, but also built
stronger friendships with my peers. This experience instilled in me
a passion for service.”
Hostetler received several scholarships and awards including
The Sister Mary Rose Stockton Scholarship, the Delta Epsilon
Sigma Scholarship, and an athletic scholarship for tennis. He was
nominated by his professors, because of his academic success
and research experience, to receive the American Institute of
Chemists Student Award by the American Institute of Chemistry.
In his senior year, Matt participated in an undergraduate research
project in green organic chemistry under the direction of Carl
Lecher ’97, Ph.D, on the topic of benign oxidation reactions.
Hostetler attributes these successes directly to Marian University.
“My education has given me the tools I need to be an active
participant in my community intellectually and spiritually,” he said.
“I am the passionate, self-motivated person Marian University has
shaped me into today.” Hostetler is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in
organic chemistry from Purdue University.