For Corey Morse Crafton ’95 of Decatur, science was a natural choice. “Science was always my favorite subject,” she says. “I remember the leaf collection that most every fifth grader in the State of Illinois dreads…and I loved it! Both sets of my grandparents were farmers, and science always made me feel connected to them and to nature. I always loved the outdoors.”
She began working for Archer Daniels Midland Company just a few months following graduation, and explains, “I started part-time and within a month was given a salaried position. For about a year, I worked as a fermentation technician in a pilot plant atmosphere. I then joined the molecular biology group and began helping to optimize metabolic flow in microorganisms that are used to produce different products by fermentation. Right now I’m working in the law department helping to draft and prosecute patent applications.”
In 2000, Crafton took a refresher course at Millikin in biochemistry. She adds, “This class, along with the courses in genetics and molecular genetics that I took while a student, encompass close to 90 percent of what I did as a researcher.”
She credits her MU professors with helping her make career decisions. “Dr. Terry Matthews helped to define my direction of choice, which was to work with genetics. I was originally pre-med and decided against that my junior year.”
Crafton keeps in close touch with the friends she made while a student at Millikin. She says, “The friends I met during that time of my life have proven to be some of the best I have ever or will ever meet. They are a part of me. They have helped make me what and who I am today. We still try to get together about once a year and reminisce. I recently went on a cruise with two of them and we had the time of our lives!”
Crafton met her husband, Brian, who also works for ADM, while attending Millikin.