Hometown: Gansevoort, NY
Faculty mentor: Dr. Anna O’Brien
Why a chemistry major:
I want to become a forensic analyst, which requires a bachelor’s degree in a natural science, and I really enjoyed chemistry in high school.
My CBL project in brief:
My project involves creating a ligand to produce complexes with various metals. These complexes are set to be used for a thin film electronic chip which is found in all electronics, including mobile phones and laptops.
Most rewarding part of my CBL experience:
It’s working with Dr. O’Brien to explore new ideas and having an influential role in determining the direction of our project.
Other career-related experience:
I completed an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Syracuse University in the summer of 2021 where we worked on Air Force-funded research for gunshot wound technology. Also, I assisted with a project on a hydrogel for Crohn’s fistulas. Both projects were biochemistry related, but I worked on their chemistry aspects.
I’m involved in a few clubs and organizations on campus, including ERIE21, Stempower, Chronic Illness Awareness Club, Peace Action Le Moyne, and Manresa. Beyond campus, I volunteer for a Syracuse-area organization that provides food, hygiene products, and clothing to the homeless.
After Le Moyne:
I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Forensic Science through Le Moyne’s 4+1 partnership with Syracuse University. Afterward, I’d to work as a Forensic Toxicologist in either criminal cases or in the cases of DUI or DWI incidents.