Realizing her passion for chemistry while in high school, Dr. Amanda Boston felt drawn to the puzzle of trying to figure out how things react. While Boston completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at LCU, she discovered a passion for Organic Chemistry and proceeded to attain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Texas Tech University. Boston says she never thought she wanted to teach chemistry, however, Chancellor of LCU, Dr. Ken Jones, planted the idea that she should teach at her alma mater. She ended up contacting LCU about teaching, but when it didn’t work out, she knew it was God telling her to get the experience in another university setting. Boston became a teacher’s assistant at Texas Tech, where she gained valuable classroom experience until August of 2012, when she returned to LCU to teach.
For Dr. Boston, Organic Chemistry just “makes sense.” However, she knows most pre-medical students consider Organic Chemistry one of the most challenging courses they will take. Boston says her goal is to teach Organic Chemistry in a way that makes sense.
“I want my students to come visit me; I want them to understand what’s going on. That’s my ultimate goal,” explains Dr. Boston. “My favorite part of teaching is seeing the realization in my student’s eyes when something finally clicks," Boston said.
By utilizing the smaller class sizes, Dr. Boston says teaching at LCU allows her to know each of her students personally and helps them on an individual basis. She claims knowing students on that level attributes to LCU students being the most motivated students she’s been privileged to teach.
Dr. Boston loves the mental challenges of Organic Chemistry, but she also enjoys challenging herself physically. Not letting asthma get in her way, Boston has been running since she was 12-years-old, conquering her first marathon when she turned 21. Boston has competed in numerous marathons since then, even qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2011 with her best time of 3:25:13. The longest marathon she has run was 100 miles, but she is most proud of running the national USA track and field 50 mile race and placing 5th out of 33 female runners in March of 2013.
“It’s neat to be able to understand the processes in the body from an organic standpoint,” says Dr. Boston. “Since I understand the chemistry of what’s going on, a lot of what I know about running makes sense, and I can apply that to be a better runner," said Boston.
Dr. Boston connects her two unique and challenging passions, Organic Chemistry and marathons, to make her a better chemistry teacher and competitive runner.