I received my Bachelor of Arts in chemistry at Berea College in May of 2009. Oddly, I began as a
chemistry major so that I could go on to pharmacy school, and slowly I changed my mind to the current state of physical chemistry.
As an undergraduate I was involved in two summer research internships.
One at the University of Utah
guidance of Dr. Valeria Molinero
thermal physics/chemistry of liquid silicon using molecular dynamics simulations in the summer of 2008. During the summer of 2007, I was a member of
the NSF CEMS (Center for Environmental Molecular Sciences) undergraduate research program in
the Chemistry Department
Stony Brook University
studying physical chemistry of
layered aluminum hydroxide compounds for potential water filtration applications using solid state NMR and X-ray diffraction techniques
under the guidance of Dr. Clare P. Grey
(now at University of Cambridge
While at Berea I was active in a variety of clubs/organizations.
I was a chemistry teaching assistant (TA)
for three years. I volunteered for HEAL
and 10x10 (10 by 10) both of which are a sustainability based campus organizations. I held several positions in the
Berea College chapter of the Student Affiliates
American Chemical Society
. I also held a few positions in the
. I have volunteered for
the Red River Gorge Trail Crew
only once unfortunately, back in January of 2008.
I grew up on a farm near Abingdon, Virginia. I went to high school at Twin Springs High School and
graduated as Salutatorian in 2005. During high school I enjoyed hiking but went very seldom due to work
at Food City
and course work. I have become a more avid outdoorsmen
as time has passed. I consider myself a fairly avid cyclist, skier, hiker and backpacker. I also enjoy rock climbing, caving,
kayaking/canoeing, and other similar outdoor activities. In my free time I volunteer as a nordic ski instructor
with Outdoors For All