Former Members

Graduate Students

Barclay, Matt

Matt Barclay

Ph.D. Chemistry, December 2019, (Co-advised with Marco Caricato)

Currently: Postdoc at Boise State University (Nanoscale Materials and Device Group)

Burns, Kristen

Kristen Burns

Ph.D. Chemistry, August 2022

Hometown: Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Currently: tenure-track teaching faculty at Western Michigan University

Houk, Amanda

Amanda Houk

Ph.D., October 2015

Currently: Senior Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory 

Lindsey, Jenna

Jenna Lindsey

Graduate Student (2010-15)

Currently: Lee's Summit High School (MO)

Otolski, Chris

Chris Otolski

Currently: Postdoc, AMO Physics GroupArgonne National Laboratory

Quincy, Tim

Tim Quincy

After KU: Teaching Fellow at St. Ambrose University Chemistry
Currently: Assistant Professor, Lincoln University (MO)

David Stierwalt

David Stierwalt

M.S. Chemistry, August 2019

Ward, Cassandra

Cassandra Ward

Ph.D. Chemistry, May 2014

After KU: Postdoc with Gerald Meyer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Currently: Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University 

KU Undergraduates

Bair, Jessica

Jessica Bair

B.S. Chemistry (May 2022)

Currently: Graduate student at Chalmers University (Sweden)

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John Bliss

B.S. Chemistry (May 2015)

Currently: DataMap

Castaneda, Robert

Robert Castaneda

B.A. Chemistry (May 2022)

Currently: Graduate student at the University of North Carolina

(Cahoon Group)

Cleek, Will

Will Cleek

B.S. Chemistry (May 2013)

M.D., University of Kansas Medical School (2017)
Currently: Emergency Medicine, University of Washington

Gunderson, Victoria

Victoria Gunderson

B.A. Chemistry (May 2016)

After KU: Brewer at 23rd Street Brewery (Lawrence, KS)

Harmon, Whitney

Whitney Harmon

B.S. Chemistry (May 2018)

Currently: Graduate student at University of Iowa

(Cheatum Group and Shaw Group)

Hidaka, Brooks

Brooks Hidaka

B.S. Chemistry (May 2018)

Currently: Roseville Area High School (MN)

Hurley, Thomas

Thomas Hurley

B.S. Chemical Engineering (May 2016)

After KU: Peace Corps (Cameroon)

Jackson, Nick

Nick Jackson

B.S. Chemistry (May 2017)

After KU: Teacher at Olathe South High School (KS)

Anna Jasko

Anna Jasko

B.S. Chemical Engineering (expected May 2023)

LeSage, Heidi

Heidi LeSage

B.S. Chemistry (May 2011)

After KU: Pearson Education (Portland, OR)

Lorenzo, Emmaline

Emmaline Lorenzo

B.S. Chemistry, Honors (May 2018)

Currently: Graduate student at Northwestern University

(Wasielewski Group)

Meyer, Alyssa

Alyssa (Auld) Meyer

B.S. Chemical Education (May 2010)

After KU: Teacher at Mill Valley High School (Shawnee, KS)


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Graham Oltjen

B.S. Chemistry (May 2014)

Currently: Agilent Technologies

Jorge Perez

Jorge Perez

KU Undergraduate (McNair Scholar)

Currently: Gardner, KS

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Jung Moon Suh

B.S. Chemistry (May 2018)

Currently: Teacher at Regina Mundi Catholic College (Canada)

Summer REU Students

Allen, Samantha

Samantha Allen

REU Summer Research (2013)

B.S. Chemistry, Agnes Scott College (2014)
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Colorado (2020)
Currently: Colgate-Palmolive (NJ)

Goeks, Julia

Julia Goeks

Summer REU Research (2021)

B.S., Ripon College (2021)
Currently: Graduate student at University of Illinois

Hamelin, Ryan

Ryan Hamelin

REU Summer Research (2015)

B.S., Fitchburg State University (2017)
Currently: Cavu Group (MA)

Morrow, Darien

Darien Morrow

REU Summer Research (2014)

B.S., Missouri Western State University (2015)
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin (2020)
Currently: Postdoc at Argonne National Laboratory

Somers, Jamie

Jamie Somers

Summer Research Student (2023)

Currently: undergraduate at Dublin City University (Ireland)

Tommey, Tyler

Tyler Tommey

REU Summer Research (2011)

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University (2013)
Ph.D., University of Akron (2020)
Currently: Teacher at Penney HS (MO)

Varberg, Joe

Joe Varberg

REU Summer Research (2010)

B.S., Rockhurst University (2011)
Ph.D., Indiana University School of Medicine (2017)
Currently: Stowers Institute (Kansas City, MO)

Postdocs and Visiting Scholars

Mahvidi, Sadegh

Sadegh Mahvidi

Visiting Graduate Student (2016-17)

Ph.D., Institute for Color Science and Technology (2017)
Postdoc, Masaryk University (2018-19)
Currently: Rokospol (Czech Republic)

Mantha, Jordan

Prof. Jordan Mantha

Visiting Faculty (Summer 2016)

Professor, Midamerica Nazarene University

Zheldakov, Igor

Dr. Igor Zheldakov

Postdoc (2010-13)

After KU: Spectra Group Limited (Toledo, OH)
Currently: Eastman Chemical Company