The Kelly GroupMeet the Team
Sara graduated from the College of William and Mary in May 2017 with her B.S. in Chemistry, and continued on to receive her M.S. under the guidance of Dr. Richard Kiefer. Though her family now lives in Seattle, Sara spent the first few years of her life living in Williamsburg. This propagated her love for the area and her desire to one day return for college. At William and Mary, Sara was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and was heavily involved with a Christian organization called Tribe Fellowship. Sara has always had a passion for space and was thrilled to find research advisors who were funded by NASA. Her undergraduate research involved synthesizing interpenetrating polymer networks in order to help solve the ongoing radiation problem in space. During her junior year, she was awarded the Virginia Space Grant Consortium scholarship to conduct research on this project. After graduating, she began working on her Master’s research project: developing radiation shielding bricks for Mars. While she doesn’t plan on making the trip to Mars herself, she still heavily supports STEM advancements relating to space travel and habitation.
In August 2018, Sara entered the chemistry PhD program at VCU and is now thrilled to be a part of the Kelly lab. She has always enjoyed organic chemistry and is looking forward to the new research experiences she will receive under the guidance of Dr. Kelly.
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