I attended Fairmont State from September of 1995 to May of 2000. While there, I ran for the cross-country team and was a member of the American Chemical Society and the educational honor society Kappa Delta Pi. I graduated from FS in 2000 with a B.A. in Education and concentrations in Chemistry and Physics. I taught high school in Roanoke City, Va., for two years before getting married and coming back to West Virginia. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in analytical chemistry at West Virginia University where I hope to graduate in the spring of 2007. I conduct research toward my Ph.D. under Dr. Fred King. We develop mass and optical spectroscopic methods for the characterization of trace species, bioanalytical chemistry and gas-phase chemistry. I also conduct chemical education research for Dr. Michelle Richards-Babb. At the present time, we are trying to improve and upgrade the freshman chemistry labs here at WVU. My husband Liam and I currently live in Morgantown in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from downtown. Our beautiful daughter Helen was born in October of 2005. When I’m not being a scientist, I enjoy spending time with my family, remodeling our home or training for and running marathons.
Live on campus or in town and be active in a sport or group. Fairmont State has a lot to offer if you’re willing to take advantage of it.
During my time at Fairmont State I learned to have confidence in my abilities as a student and teacher; to love all aspects of science, both learning and teaching; and the ability to think for myself.