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Sarah Waller '09

Postdoctoral Research Position at Stony Brook University

Marian University, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, 2009
Indiana University, Caroline Chick Jarrold Group, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 2014

“I really liked my general chemistry class and then I did independent research with Dr. Roderick Macrae. I’ve been hooked ever since!”

Sarah Waller has always been interested in science—her childhood reading materials included books about dinosaurs and physics—but it wasn’t until she attended Marian University that chemistry caught her eye. “I really liked my general chemistry class,” she says, “and then I did independent research with Dr. Roderick Macrae. I’ve been hooked ever since!” Waller enjoyed being a science student at Marian University because of discussion-oriented classes, the opportunity to develop new ideas, and the professors she felt really cared about her and her goals.

Drawn to physical chemistry because it allows her to integrate classroom experiences with creative thinking, Waller went on to pursue her Ph.D. in physical chemistry for the Caroline Chick Jarrold Group at Indiana University, receiving her Ph.D. in 2014. Her research as a graduate student explored problems associated with energy and the environment.

Waller has accepted a postdoctoral research position at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. Waller will help build a modular instrument that will be used to study atmospheric aerosol nucleation, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, solvent effects in optical spectra, and biofuel combustion chemistry.

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