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Student Highlights

Degree being sought: Polymer Science BS
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Research group: Azoulay Group
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Give a brief synopsis of research/work being done:

My research focuses on the investigation of catalyst and monomer scope for homogeneously gold catalyzed polyhydroarylations and refinement and optimization of said procedure. These polymerizations consist of commercially available comonomers, consisting of an arene and alkyne, and should function under mild reaction conditions and exhibit tolerance to oxygen and water.

From your current perspective, what do you see as an ideal fit for your skills, goals and career moving forward?

I plan to pursue a PhD in polymer science as a synthetic chemist.

Why did you choose USM?

I chose USM because of the various Scholarship opportunities, a reputable polymer science program, and a large list of chemistry related programs.

What USM-related scholarships did you receive?

Presidential National Merit Scholarship

Main USM extracurricular activity – why is this important to you?

The Polymer Science Association provided me with an early opportunity to meet other undergraduates in both an academic and recreational environment. This familiarity in an unfamiliar social and academic setting allowed me to do my best work and I look forward to doing the same for incoming undergraduates.

What are your plans for next year and beyond?

I plan to research and apply to various PhD programs at different Universities.