Post-graduate fellowship studying chemistry in Germany

Katie Fletcher

Katie Fletcher

Katharyn Fletcher ’09 MSc, PhD candidate

Major: Chemistry and German Studies

Research Group: Gomez Lab

Research Abroad: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Hamburg

Graduate Program Abroad: MA Physical Chemistry Institut fur Physikalische Chemie, Universitat Hamburg ’12 and PhD candidate, Universitat Heidelberg

After graduating from MHC, studying chemistry in Germany seemed like a great way to combine my two majors. So, I picked up and moved to Hamburg, Germany, where I received my MSc in Chemistry in 2011 from Universität Hamburg.

While in Hamburg, I had a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which covered both my tuition and living expenses. In Hamburg, I worked in the group of Prof. Dr. Alf Mews and studied optical properties of semiconductor-metal hybrid nanostructures.

Deciding to take a turn towards computational and theoretical chemistry, I moved to Heidelberg and started my PhD at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in the group of Prof. Dr. Andreas Dreuw.

Currently, I am researching excited state proton transfer in several organic systems, such as pigment yellow 101. As you can see, I've jumped around a lot in my research. MHC has prepared me to adapt to different fields and to seek out interesting experiences and ideas, even if they are new to me.

In addition, learning chemistry in the context of a liberal education has made me more aware of how chemistry impacts the larger community. It has also kindled my interest in how culture impacts the way we think about science.