Below, our students tell a little about themselves and their research interests and about why they chose Bryn Mawr. Be sure also to check out a list of recently completed M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations on our Alumnae/i page.
I received my B.S. in biochemistry at Cedar Crest College in May 2018, and I am a first year graduate student at Bryn Mawr College. I will be joining the Burgmayer research group in the spring semester.
Why Bryn Mawr? The chemistry department is very supportive and I get to interact with all of my professors one-on-one. Bryn Mawr is a very close-knit community.
B.S. Chestnut Hill College
A.B. Bryn Mawr College (Cities)
White Group, RNA structure and protein binding
Why Bryn Mawr? "I initially chose BMC because I am a single mom with two kids and I perceived that the life of a grad student raising a family would be hell anywhere else. Now I am completely in love with the place!"
What Britt loves to do besides chemistry: "I like to go hiking with my kids and cooking feasts with my wonderful tribe of friends in Narberth."
I am a third year graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Bryn Mawr College. I received my B.S. in Chemistry with a Biochemistry focus from Waynesburg University in 2016. I am a part of the Burgmayer lab that focuses on bioinorganic synthetic chemistry, specifically on synthetic modeling of molybdenum cofactor.
Why Bryn Mawr? Bryn Mawr’s graduate program is a unique gem amongst graduate programs which offers the intimacy and individualized attention of a small program while also having the quality education of a larger institution. My favorite thing about Bryn Mawr is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience teaching and mentoring in a lab setting, that is not always available in graduate programs.
M.A. Bryn Mawr College
B.S. Drexel University
White Group, biological chemistry
Why Bryn Mawr? "Working close with Bryn Mawr graduate student Shannon Dalton as well as undergraduates made me realize that Bryn Mawr is the perfect fit for me to continue my graduate studies."
What Bashkin loves to do besides chemistry: Travel and experience different cultures.
M.A. Villanova University
B.S. West Chester University
joint student, Burgmayer and Goldsmith group, bioinorganic chemistry
What Samantha loves to do besides chemistry: Raise all kinds of animals
B.S. Eastern University
Why Bryn Mawr? Several faculty members from my undergrad who I really admired and grew under did their PhDs at Bryn Mawr. And my initial conversations with the faculty at BMC - many of whom taught my professors from undergrad - were warm and welcoming. I made the connection.
What Edwin loves to do besides chemistry? Chatting with people from all around the world, cooking and trying new food with my wife, getting involved with my church, and looking around for old vinyls to add to my growing collection.
M.A. Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College
B.S. Chemistry, West Chester University
I am interested in organometallic chemistry, specifically focused on reactions utilizing palladium as the catalyst. Using nickel as a catalyst is also a topic that interests me. My current research is in using the Birch-Heck sequence to synthesize phenanthridinone derivatives. My past work includes the synthesis of vinyl sulfides and the synthesis of gamma-arylated coumarin derivatives. In my free time, I love to crochet, play video games, drink coffee, and play board games.
Why Bryn Mawr? I initially chose Bryn Mawr because I really want to teach general chemistry at the collegiate level and the program here supports students with opportunities to teach. I also like how there is a community among the graduate students from different departments.