Welcome to our new graduate cohort!

The graduate program in the Department of Chemistry is excited to welcome our 2021 entering cohort. The 25 students in the entering class are distinguished by their broad research experiences, many of which have resulted in publications and honor’s theses. They have served as tutors, teaching assistants, and peer mentors as well as leaders in a wide range of organizations. As our first class entirely recruited and onboarded during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is perhaps no surprise that the cohort also includes a former Covid testing coordinator and several graduates of summer research programs conducted virtually.

This talented group has been recognized with a range of honors and awards, including:

  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • Centennial Scholarship
  • Erasmus Exchange Scholarship
  • Laney Fellowship
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Betta Kappa
  • Quayle New Student Award
  • Regents Scholarship
  • WINS Scholarship

They come to Emory from undergraduate institutions in 12 different states:

  • California
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Fourteen of the 25 students in our incoming cohort are international scholars from countries including:

  • China
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

They are fluent in over a dozen languages, including:

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • हिन्दी
  • বাংলা
  • chiShona
  • español
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • italiano
  • 官话
  • Ndebele

Their interests outside of the lab include:

  • science communications
  • public speaking
  • music theory and performance
  • technical writing
  • volunteering
  • fencing
  • squash
  • tennis
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • karate
  • tae kwon do
  • photography
  • chess

Taken together, these new graduate scholars are more than the sum of their impressive accomplishments. They are an enthusiastic and curious group well poised to benefit from and contribute to our graduate program, each other, and the world around them. We are excited to see where their Emory journey will take them.

Welcome, all!

Mohamed Husaini Bin Abdul Rahman
Nanyang Technological Univ

Taylor Blackburn
Georgia Institute of Technology

Xu Chen
Hunan University

Ziyi Chen
Wuhan University

Ricardo Cruz
Loyola University of New Orleans

Abhinaba Das
Indian Institute of Science

Benjamin Dratch
Georgia State University

Rachel Fitzgerald
Georgia Institute of Technology

Hannah Gold
Emory University

Eric Ho
Vanderbilt University

Learnmore Jeremia
Lander University

Pinyuan Li
Brandeis University

Shuhang Li
Nankai University

Joseph Mancuso
Hofstra University

Kevin Marin
College of New Jersey

Luis Martinez
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Shikufa Mousavi
Lahore University of Management Sciences

Christopher Nielson
University of Utah

San Pham
Albion College

Fangning Ren
University of Science and Technology

Kristin Shimabukuro
University of California, Davis

Kaihong Sun
University of Texas, Austin

Lidia Waidmann
Case Western Reserve University

Zhicheng Yang
Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology

Luona Zhang
University of Florence