eading, knitting, and watching college football. Her favorite thing about PSU chemistry is how friendly and collaborative the department is.
Santina is from Manassas, VA and received a B.S. in Chemistry from James Madison University. She is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry under the direction of Benjamin Lear. Her thesis research aims to understand how the surface chemistry controls the electronic properties of metal nanoparticles. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, working out, playing volleyball, reading, shopping, gardening, and spending time with her family. Santina’s favorite part about Penn State Chemistry is their investment in continuously evaluating and improving the climate of the department for the graduate student community.
Chairman of Professional Development
Auston is a 2nd year graduate student in the Schaak lab studying the synthesis and surface assembly of complex nanoparticles. He is from Salt Lake City, UT and received a B.S. in chemistry from Southern Utah University. Prior to coming to Penn State, Auston spent two years working in industry in the clinical toxicology department of ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, UT.
Outside of lab he enjoys attending Penn State football games, playing on the chemistry intermural flag football team, rock climbing, and outreach events. The things he loves most about the PSU Chemistry Department is its interdisciplinary environment, dedication to continually improving, and having access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.
Chairman of Community Outreach
Gabby is a 1st year chemistry graduate student in Raymond Schaak’s lab researching a variety of unique synthetic routes to explore the formation of nanoparticles, and understand structure-property relationships. She is originally from Lansdale, PA, and received her B.S. in Chemistry and Visual Arts minor from Iona College. In her free time, she loves to exercise, spend time with friends and family, paint outdoors, and bake pies. Her favorite thing about Penn State Chemistry is the extremely friendly, and collaborative environment. It truly is a Happy Valley!