The decision to continue my education by pursuing a Ph.D in chemistry stems from my desire to be a lifelong learner and the satisfaction I have received from my research during my undergraduate studies. After visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the CHOPs visitation, and speaking to the the faculty and students, I saw they share the same passion as myself in solving new problems and having an extensive education, and is why I have chosen to apply to its Ph.D program in chemistry.
What do you intend to study in grad school and why?
Green energy and chemical biology
Part of the reason why I chose to attend the University of Minnesota Morris was its emphasis on sustainability.
With my background in sustainable chemistry I intend to study the synthesis of materials that would reduce our environmental impact, such as biodegradable polymers, photovoltics, and photochemistry. I also intend to study the interface between biological systems and chemistry.
My education at the University of Minnesota, Morris has inspired me to do research in green chemistry. I chose to study Morris because of its focus on sustainability, and throughout my undergraduate career I
As part of the polymers chemistry and the environment course, we synthesized and studied many types of polymers, from biodegradable to ones used in organic photovoltaics. (more)
How did you get interested in your field?
Throughout my life I have always been curious about the world around me and I strove to understand it at a deeper level. Driven by my curiosity, I took college accredited science courses in high school, and I enjoyed the hands-on work in my chemistry class and was drawn to how fundamental it is to my everyday life.
For much of my undergraduate career I have participated in research, and though the work was challenging, I enjoyed the diversity of the work and furthering my understanding. In the spring of 2012, I worked with Professor Nancy Carpenter as part of an introduction to research course to find a novel synthesis of β-lactams. (follow up sentence) In the spring of 2013 I worked with Professor Christopher Cole studying the evolution of protein structure in a biochemical pathway. Using bioinformatics, we studied enzymes defense pathway of the North American Aspen tree, and our goal was to examine the conservation of the enzymes in the pathway. I presented this work as part of an undergraduate research symposium.
In the summer of 2013, I worked with Professor Song Guo from the University of Southern Mississippi investigating dopant-host molecule interactions using atomic force microscopy. Our goal was to study how electron transfer between molecules influences aggregation, which is important for creating more efficient dopants.
In my undergraduate career I have been
Having the opportunity to be involved in research, learn from graduate...