Former Members

Graduate Students and Postdocs:


Tim Quincy Tim Quincy, Ph.D. Chemistry (2018)
Thesis: Direct and Indirect Probing of Higher-Lying Excited-States of Photoactive Molecules
B.S., University of Kansas
Currently: Teaching Fellow at St. Ambrose University

 

Amanda Houk Amanda Houk, Ph.D. Chemistry (2015)
Thesis: Nonlinear Excitation of Photoactivated Molecules: Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy, Dynamics, and Quantum Yields
M.S., University of New Mexico (Nanoscience and Microsystems)
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College (MN)
Currently: Senior Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory 

 

Cassie Ward Cassandra Ward, Ph.D. Chemistry (2014)
Thesis: Controlling the Cycloreversion Reaction of a Diarylethene Derivative Using Sequential Two-Photon Excitation
B.S., University of Nebraska- Omaha
After KU: Postdoc with Gerald Meyer, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Currently: Senior Research Scientist/Lab Manager, Lumigen Instrument Center, Wayne State University 

 

Igor ZheldakovIgor Zheldakov, Postdoc (2010-13)
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (2010)
After KU: Research Chemist, Spectra Group Limited (Toledo, OH)
Currently: Polymer Chemist, Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN)

 

 

Jenna Wasylenko Jenna (Wasylenko) Lindsay, Graduate Student (2010-15)
B.S., Sweet Briar College (VA)
After KU: Chemistry teacher at Atchison High School (KS)

 

 

Sadegh MahvidiSadegh Mahvidi, Visiting Graduate Student (2016-17)
Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran
M.S. Institute for Color Science and Technology (Tehran)
B.S. Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran)
Hometown: Tehran, Iran

 

 


Visiting Faculty:

Jordan Mantha Jordan Mantha, Summer 2016
Associate Professor, Midamerica Nazarene University
Ph.D., University of Nevada- Reno
B.A., University of Montana Western

 

 


Summer REU Students:

Jayhawk Ryan Hamelin, REU Summer Research (2015)
B.S. Chemistry, Fitchburg State University (MA)
 

 

 

Jayhawk Darien Morrow, REU Summer Research (2014)
B.S. Chemistry, Missouri Western State University (2015)
Currently: Graduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wright Group
 

 

 

Samantha Allen Samantha Allen, REU Summer Research (2013)
B.S. Chemistry, Agnes Scott College (2014)
Currently: Graduate student at University of Colorado-Boulder, Jimenez Group
 

 

 

Tyler TommeyTyler Tommey, REU Summer Research (2011)
B.S. Chemistry, Northwest Missouri State University (2013)
Currently: Graduate student in Polymer Science, University of Akron (OH)
 

 

 

Joe Varberg Joe Varberg, REU Summer research (2010)
B.S. Chemistry, Rockhurst University (2011)
Ph.D. Pharmacology, Indiana University School of Medicine (2017)
Currently: Stowers Institute for Medical Research (Kansas City, MO)

 

 


KU Undergraduates:

Whitney Harmon Whitney Harmon, B.S. Chemistry (2018)
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Currently: Graduate school at University of Iowa, Cheatum and Shaw Groups

 

 

BrooksBrooks Hidaka, B.S. Chemistry (2018)
(UKanTeach)
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Currently: Graduate school in Education, University of Kansas

 

 

Emmaline Emmaline Lorenzo, B.S. Chemistry (2018, with Honors) 
Honors Thesis: A Spectroscopic Study of the Uncaging Reaction of para-Hydroxyphenacyl Derivatives Under Neutral and Basic Conditions
Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
Currently: Graduate school at Northwestern University, Wasielewski Group

 

 

Jayhawk Jung Moon Suh, B.S. Chemistry (2018)
(UKanTeach)

 

 

 

Nick JacksonNick Jackson, B.S. Chemistry (2017)
(UKanTeach)
Hometown: Parsons, Kansas
Currently: Chemistry teacher at Olathe South High School

 

 

Jorge Jorge Perez
(UKanTeach; McNair Scholar)
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

 

 

VictoriaVictoria Gunderson, B.A. Chemistry (2016)
(UKanTeach)
Hometown: Riverside, Rhode Island
Currently: Brewer at 23rd Street Brewery (Lawrence, KS)

 

 

Thomas HurleyThomas Hurley, B.S. Chemical Engineering (2016)
Hometown: Parsons, Kansas

 

 

 

JayhawkJohn Bliss, B.S. Chemistry (2015)
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
 

 

 

Jayhawk Graham Oltjen, B.S. Chemistry (2014)
After KU: Halliburton
 

 

 

Will Cleek Will Cleek, B.S. Chemistry (with Honors, 2013)
After KU: M.D., University of Kansas Medical School (2017)
Currently: Resident, Emergency Medicine, University of Washington

 

 

Heidi LeSageHeidi LeSage, B.S. Chemistry (2011)
Currently: Pearson Education (Portland, OR)

 

 

Alyssa Auld Alyssa (Auld) Meyer, B.S. Chemistry Education (2010)
After KU: Chemistry/Physics teacher at Mill Valley High School (Shawnee, KS)

 

 


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