I grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and received a B.S. in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As an undergraduate, I conducted research with a PSE alumna, Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski. My research consisted of synthesizing thermoresponsive “smart” polymers and investigating their rheological and interfacial tension properties for enhancing oil recovery applications. While at UWEC, I received a Goldwater Scholarship and Kell Container Research Scholarship. In 2016, I was named the Judy Kruckman Scholar Athlete, given to a student-athlete demonstrating excellence in both gymnastics and academics. I was most recently awarded the Richard J. Farris Scholarship.
My undergraduate research experience played a key role in sparking my interest in pursuing polymer science as a graduate degree. I choose UMass PSE specifically because I was captivated by the community within the Department. There is a culture of collaborative research and encouragement from faculty and students alike. My current research, as a jointly advised student with Alan Lesser and Todd Emrick aims to prepare new polymers and test their flame retardant and mechanical properties.
Recently, I participated in the high school outreach program, ASPIRE. I enjoyed mentoring bright high school students through hands-on demonstrations. In the future, I look forward to collaborating with other students in the department on similar outreach initiatives in the community.