Welcome to the Fall 2018 Entering Graduate Class!

We are excited to announce the names of our 2018 entering cohort. This group of early career scientists is distinguished by their broad research experience and training, including summer REUs and participation in programs including:

  • DAAD-Rise Fellowship
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • Emory STEM Research Symposium
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • McNair Scholars
  • NIH Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)

A majority of the class has at least one paper published or under review. Many students have experience with mentoring, including undergraduate TA, tutoring, and Peer Leader appointments. As a group, these students also share long-term engagement in volunteer projects and STEM outreach. While a majority of the class is joining Emory directly from their undergraduate careers, a handful  are moving on to the PhD track from post-grad laboratory careers. Several will be the first in their family to earn a PhD.

In addition, this class includes:

  • a former zookeeper/science educator
  • a pair of former college roommates
  • a Starbucks “Coffee Master”
  • a “Most Athletic” award winner
  • an Emory College alum and the child of an Emory College alum

Each of these students has their own story to tell and incredible potential to draw on Emory resources to forge an amazing scientific career.

Entering Class of 2018

Ryan Allen
Villanova University

Paul Beasley
Earlham College

Tamra Blue
Georgia State University

Ting Cheng
Peking University

Adrian Demeritte
St. John’s University

Zackery Dentmon
Mercer University

Christella Dhammaputri
Emory University

Ordy Manuela Gnewou
Lehman College

Ayda Gonzalez de la Nuez
Bard College

Amber Harris
James Madison University

Sheng He
Dalian University of Technology

Cecilia Hendy
College of Charleston

Michael Hollerbach
College of Charleston

Yuesong Hu
Lanzhou University

Renke Huang
Southern University of Science and Technology

Alyssa Johnson
College of Charleston

Diane Karloff
Duke University

Sara Konecny
Georgia Institute of Technology

David Laws
Coastal Carolina University

Maizie Lee
California State University – Fresno

Qinyi Lu
University of Science and Technology

Andrew Mahoney
Gettysburg College

Brea Manuel
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

Sam Mckinnon
Mississippi State University

Quincy McKoy
University of Richmond

Duong Nguyen
Mount Holyoke College

Selma Piranej
Loyola University – Chicago

Jessalyn Rogers
Western Washington University

Chase Schultz
Alma College

Jack Sharland
Bowdoin College

Racheal Spurlin
North Carolina State University

Jiayue Sun
Syracuse University

Tiffany Trieu
University of Central Florida

Ailing Yu
Lanzhou University

Cassandra Zaremba
Xavier University


Recruitment Weekend Schedule

Current and prospective students enjoy s'mores at the S'mores Social during Recruitment Weekend 2015.
Current and prospective students enjoy s’mores at the S’mores Social during Recruitment Weekend 2015.

Welcome, Admitted Students!

All events are RSVP only and all events are FULL.

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Morning          Airport pick-ups

12pm               Targeted arrival for visitors (most flights arrive by noon)

1pm-4pm        Mentor/Mentee Meet-up and Department/Service Center Tours

Pizza lunch (12-2pm) and snacks available for mentors/mentees in Atwood 380 kitchen.

4:00pm            Welcome and Department Overview with Huw Davies, Director of Graduate Studies (Atwood 360)

4:45pm            Poster Session (Science Commons Atrium)

6:00pm            Dinner Stations Open, Poster Session Continues (Science Commons Atrium)

7:30pm            Dessert and Special Performance (PAIS 290)

An announcement will be made—follow the balloons and lights to the PAIS building.

8:45pm            Outings in Atlanta with students and faculty: Bowling at Comet Pub and Lanes in Decatur OR S’mores Social at the fire pit at the Emory Conference Center Hotel


Saturday, February 25th, 2017

8:30-9:30        Breakfast at the HB Coffee Lab for admitted students and faculty

9:30am            Individual Meetings with faculty, including lab tours

12:30pm          Lunch and Grad Student Q&A (Atwood 360)

2:00pm            Informal meetings with faculty and/or outings around Atlanta

  • Housing Tour/Beltline
  • Stone Mountain
  • Campus Tour/Coffee

6:00pm            Cocktail Reception at The General Muir (Emory Point)

7:00pm-11pm Dinner at The General Muir followed by board games (Emory Point)


Sunday, February 26th

Morning Departures to Airport and Continental Breakfast in the Emory Conference Center Hotel Lobby

Welcome, Nate Jui and Eilaf Ahmed!

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to welcome Nate Jui and Eilaf Ahmed to our faculty!

Nathan Jui
Nathan Jui

Nathan Jui completed his terminal degree in chemistry at Princeton University (2011). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Jui was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to developing valuable chemical methods, Jui’s primary research focus is applying the power of synthetic chemistry to the study and treatment of cancer. His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Science, Organic Letters, Chemical Communications, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Eilaf Ahmed
Eilaf Ahmed

Eilaf Ahmed completed her terminal degree in chemistry at the University of Washington (2011). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Ahmed was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ahmed’s research seeks to integrate creative tools from synthetic organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and biology to develop novel, functional, and well-defined macromolecular structures, with a particular interest in the molecular design and synthesis of organic materials with interesting electronic and photonics properties, elucidation of structure-property relationships and factors that guide their self-assembly to address fundamental scientific challenges in applications ranging form biological imaging, early diagnostics, and delivery of therapeutics, to photovoltaics and magneto-electronic and optoelectronic devices. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals including Advanced Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Macromolecules, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.