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UGA Chemistry Undergraduate Named 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholar

Portrait of Audrey Conner, Goldwater Scholar, with an organic chemistry lab in the background

Audrey Conner, a junior in the UGA Department of Chemistry, has been named a 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholar, the highest undergraduate award of its type for the fields of mathematics, engineering and natural sciences. Ms. Conner, from Tifton, is a Foundation Fellow and Stamps Scholar who is conducting research under the mentorship of Dr.  Christopher Newton,  organic chemistry, and Dr. Steven Wheeler, computational chemistry. 

Conner plans to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry and conduct research in organic synthesis and methodology. She wants to explore the intersection of computational and experimental organic chemistry by using quantum chemistry methods to guide experimentalists during key stages of synthesis and explain phenomena seen in the laboratory.

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