The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship includes $5000 in funding for summer research, which Kayla will conduct with her mentor Amrita Sarkar in the Sarkar Research Group. Additionally, she will present her research this fall at the Pfizer Research and Development Labs in Groton, Connecticut.
Kayla is thrilled to be working on a novel polymer synthesis project employing ring opening polymerization and microwave induced Diels Alder Cycloaddition under supervision of Professor Sarkar. Her research will lead to the development of a novel and greener alternative of organics used in Li-ion batteries.
This fellowship not only reinforces and solidifies her desire to pursue a PhD degree in organic chemistry but supports her in taking the necessary steps of advancing women in STEM.