Julie Schlenker

Graduate Program: Environmental Chemistry, Ph.D., 4th year

Subject: Chemistry

Partner Teachers: Margaret Farrar and Manjula Subramanian

Other Areas of Involvement: After-school tutoring in chemistry, Hydrogen fuel cell projects for science fair, general
science fair help.

Short Bio: I was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and lived there until my junior and senior years of high school, when I attended the North Carolina School of Science and Math (http://www.ncssm.edu/) in Durham, N.C. I spent my first two years of college at the University of Richmond before transferring to UNC - Chapel Hill (http://www.unc.edu/), where I received a B.S. in chemistry in 2000. I moved to Cambridge in 2001 to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry at Harvard. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities (in the warmer months!), spending time with friends, reading, and playing the piano.

Area of Research: My research focuses on phase transitions of atmospheric aerosol particles, which is important in developing a more complete understanding of the role of aerosols in global climate and atmospheric chemistry.

Reason for Involvement in the GK-12 Program: I hope to serve as a role model for students interested in science, especially high school girls.