Ridgefield High School
“Before deciding to major in chemistry, I started off as a biology major in college. Chemistry had always been too abstract for me to understand during high school. However after being introduced to an amazing professor in my undergraduate career, I quickly fell in love with the subject. I learned and enjoyed visualizing what was happening on the microscopic level within reactions. I also greatly enjoyed performing synthesis reactions and predicting the outcome before even starting the experiment.”
Prior to entering graduate school, Ashley worked as a tutor and as a teaching assistant in general chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry for three years. She also worked as an organic chemistry research assistant. In this role, she worked on the green, solvent-less, synthesis of fluorescein using a microwave synthesizer.
As a chemistry science ambassador, Ashley developed interactive science lessons for underprivileged inner-city youth in Boston Public Schools.
Ashley enjoys reading, cooking, playing board games, spending time outdoors and engaging in water-based activities. She loves animals and is an animal activist.
- University of Pennsylvania (Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education: Science)
- Emmanuel College (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry concentration in Biochemistry)