Hi I’m Kristen (she/her), a second year PhD student in the Sarpong Group at UC Berkeley studying new methods to synthesize unique ring systems. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with my BS in Chemistry. At UNC, I was a Chancellor’s Science Scholar (CSS) and did my honors thesis work in Dr. Alexander Miller’s group exploring cation-modulated catalysis. I am extremely grateful for the mentors and support I had at UNC, as their support allowed me to pursue my passions and they are the reason that I am both a NSF Graduate Research and Chancellor’s Fellow in the College of Chemistry at Berkeley. At Berkeley, I currently work as a graduate mentor to the SEED Scholars program, participate in Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS), and communicate with a pen pal through Letters to a Pre-scientist.
I hope to one day be a professor where I can connect my passions for research, scientific communication, and teaching/mentorship to create a more inclusive environment. Outside of science & outreach, I like playing games, watching sports & shondaland shows, and hanging (virtually) with friends.