Caleb Chesnut


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Caleb Chesnut performing optometry

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Newton, Illinois

Why I came to UE

When I visited UE for the first time, I felt extremely welcomed by the faculty and students. The personal experience I was able to have with my professors due to the small class sizes at UE was a huge benefit the university offered. UE also had an outstanding track record in their Science department. This ensured me my degree would be valuable once I graduate. At UE, I feel like my professors know me as a person, rather than as just a name on a roster. They will do anything to help me succeed, and I think that is what makes our Biology department special.

Experiences at UE in Biology and across campus

  • Bi-Sci Club Member
  • Studied diversity of tree species at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve- For my Evolution and Ecology class, my peers and I ventured to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve and collected data on the diversity and size of different tree species in the park.
  • SAMS Scholar/Mentor (Science and Math Scholar): As a UE Science and Math Scholar I have had the privilege of being a mentor to future and current Science and Math Scholars. I also helped with the summer Freshman Edge Science and Math program for incoming freshmen.
  • I worked alongside peers and professors in the Biology Department to maintain and expand UE’s Native Plant Garden to restore native plant species.

Current Position

I am currently an optometrist at Northside Eyecare in Evansville. I also work at our satellite offices in Haubstadt (South Gibson Eyecare) and Oakland City (Oakland City Eyecare). Our offices provide full scope optometry including both care of refractive and ocular health related conditions.