I am an Assistant Professor in the Chemistry department and additionally a trainer for the Integrated Program in Biochemistry and the Biophysics graduate program. Research in my group focuses on developing and understanding enzymes as practical catalysts for organic chemistry. I am fortunate to have a job that is my passion, I love science and teaching it to others. Outside of work, I like to go for jogs and walks with my wife, reading, and playing board games. I am fortunate to be a third generation college graduate and I benefited from a lot of informal guidance from my parents during my education. As a CHOPS member, I want to help make applying for and getting accepted into graduate school as low-barrier as possible so that everyone who is driven by the joy of discovery can continue their journey.
I am a faculty member in the Chemistry Department and I lead a research group focused on chemistry education. Outside of the lab, I enjoy music and theatre, cooking extravagant things, and exploring the world. As a first-generation college student and a graduate of a small undergraduate institution, I see the power of CHOPs. Graduate work at a large research institution was a brand new world for me and (at the time) there were few structures in place to support my transition. I eventually figured things out, but I am glad to see programs like CHOPs here at UW–Madison that help!
I am the computational chemistry director for the department of chemistry. I am very passionate about equitable means for higher education. As a POC within STEM, I feel a responsibility to create a more equitable system for marginalized populations to have access to education. Outside of my career, I have a wonderful family. We love to paddle board and be on the water during the summers and watch hockey games all winter. Feel free to contact me at anytime for help along your educational path.
I am a Laboratory Director for the Analytical Sciences Division at UW Chemistry. I am responsible for the laboratory component of our advanced undergraduate and graduate instrumentation courses. I work closely with first year analytical graduate students and CHOPs is a great tool for recruiting outstanding students to come to UW and take my lab courses.
I’m the Managing Director for the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, which is a center based in the UW-Madison Chemistry Department, and which has member labs that are distributed across the country. I have been involved with CHOPs since I first learned about it after joining the department in 2016. I really enjoy meeting CHOPs students and learning their stories, and participating in this program has been one of the best parts of my job.
Hello, my name is Uriel Garcia, and I am a second year in the Wickens group at UW Madison. Currently, my research focuses on generating potent electrophiles from thianthrene and alkenes and reacting out of them to form interesting products. As an undergraduate, CHOPS helped expose me to what graduate school was like and aided me in my choice to pursue it here at UW Madison. Now, as a current graduate student, I am happy and honored to be a member of this program and help others with their post-graduate decisions. This program will provide you with the ins and outs of research, studying and living at a top-tier institution.
Hi! I’m a second year graduate student in the Garand group, and my research focuses on using photoelectron spectroscopy to study electronic states and transitions of environmentally relevant molecules. I started working for CHOPS in part to help support a program that strives to create opportunities and spaces for those who have not been historically prioritized in academia. In my free time, I like to knit, tend to plants, and read books off my endless TBR. I’m happy to answer any questions about the graduate school experience, research or otherwise!