“Competing with men was just part of the game.”

Kathryn Lysko

When Kathryn Lysko began her undergraduate work, there were 15,000 men and 100 women in her entire college. She talks about the camaraderie that emerged among the women students, her proudest career moments, and the tough choices facing women who want both a family and an academic career.  

Lysko graduated from Virginia Tech in 1970 as part of the university’s first class to include women. She earned her M.S. degree in analytical chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been a chemistry and biochemistry educator at several institutions, and since 1993 has been a chemistry professor at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. Lysko serves on the board of the American Chemical Society’s Philadelphia Local Section.

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Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry

Women in Chemistry

Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate their life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.