What are some of your interests outside of school?:
Family, Friends, Fencing, Concerts, Crocheting, Cardmaking, Music and Movies (not necessarily in that order!)
Who is your most significant mentor?:
Dr. Marilyn Moehlenkamp, my first Chemistry professor and undergraduate academic advisor, is one of my most significant mentors. She has always encouraged and pushed me further academically. I had not seriously considered graduate school until Dr. Moehlenkamp strongly encouraged me to pursue a PhD. She supported me through the decision process, always willing to listen and offer advice, and continues to encourage me as I pursue my graduate degree. My current mentor, Dr. Jonathan Doorn, is also very supportive and has helped me mature as a scientist.
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Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?:
Adapting to the differences in being a graduate student at such a large university after attending a small liberal arts university as an undergraduate was challenging. I would not trade my college experience; but learning how to function in a completely different environment, both in graduate school and at such a large school was a challenge to overcome. Learning how to multi-task with classwork and lab work/research also proved interesting at times.