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We are  looking for multiple talented and motivated graduate students to join the team! 

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Summer 2022

From left to right: Hailey Young, Maxwell Bowles, Sheba Gage (ACS SEED), Ellen Warner, Katie Cartrette (NSF REU), Meghan Broderick, Skylar Harrelson, Carolynn Davern, Caroline Proulx

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Summer 2022 - APS (post early career lectureship)

Left to right : Carolynn Davern, Quibria Guthrie, Caroline Proulx,  Hailey Young,  Maxwell Bowles, 

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Fall 2021

Left to right : Caroline Proulx,  Hailey Young, Ellen Warner, Michael Kirsch, Maxwell Bowles, Carolynn Davern

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Spring 2020

Left to right : Caroline Proulx,  Evan Willis, Carolynn Davern, Hailey Young, Quibria Guthrie, Adam Rosfi, Briley Humphrey, Preston Gourville, Maxwell Bowles

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Summer 2019

Left to right : Caroline Proulx,  Preston Gourville, Hailey Young, Evan Willis,

Sophia Cornish, Quibria Guthrie, Brandon Lowe, Carolynn Davern

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Summer 2018

top row, from left to right : Caroline Proulx,  Michael McMechen, Evan Willis, Tyler Price

bottom row, from left to right: Quibria Guthrie, Carolynn Davern, Jazmine Lumpan

Summer 2017

from left to right: Caroline Proulx, Evan Willis, Tyler Price, Quibria Guthrie, Michael McMechen. 

Graduate students


Carolynn Davern

Graduate student (

Carolynn is from Burlington, NC and finished her undergraduate studies at NC Wesleyan College. She majored in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Math. Carolynn spent summer 2017 in the Proulx lab as an undergrad REU student and came back as a graduate student in summer 2018. Besides chemistry, Carolynn is also interested in honey beekeeping and spending time with her friends and family.


Hailey Young

Graduate student (

Hailey was raised in Eldersburg, Maryland. She studied at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and received her B.S. in Chemistry in May 2018. While at UNCW, she worked with Dr. Thomas Coombs developing a cost-effective route to cyclizing heterocyclic aryl vinyl ketones utilizing Photo-Nazarov reactions. Hailey started her graduate studies at NC State in August 2018. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking with her dog, rock climbing, and drawing.


Maxwell Bowles
Graduate student (

Maxwell was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Cedar City, UT. He studied chemistry at Southern Utah University where he got he B.S. in May 2019. At SUU, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mackay Steffensen. He joined the Proulx lab in the Fall of 2019.  In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding and biking.

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Ellen Warner
Graduate student (

Ellen is from Trinidad and Tobago, and graduated with a BS in chemistry from Davidson College. During her time at Davidson, she worked with Dr. Mitch Anstey on developing a new electrolyte for the redox flow battery that can deliver two electrons while being able to be charged and recharged multiple times. She joined the Proulx lab in 2020. She enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, and going to the beach especially when she is back home. 

Undergraduate students

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Meghan Broderick
Undergraduate student (

Meghan was born in Springfield, Massachusetts but grew up in Charlotte, NC. She is pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry, and is an active member of the University Scholars Program at NC State. In her free time, she enjoys playing the trumpet, reading, and working out. 



Skylar Harrelson
Undergraduate student - Beckman Scholar (

Skylar Harrelson is from Morehead City, NC. She joined the Proulx and Simpson labs as part of the Beckman Scholars Program in Fall 2022. Skylar is also a Goodnight Scholar. She is pursuing her B.S. in both Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering at NC State. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike on all the local trails here in Raleigh!

Previous members

Katelyn Cartrette - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2022
Sheba Gage 
- ACS Project SEED high school student, summer 2022.
Quibria Guthrie - Ph.D. 2021

Briley Humphrey - B.Sc. 2021, Titanium Award, given to a student that exhibits the strong and resilient properties of this metal in the classroom.
Adam Rosfi - B.Sc. 2021
Preston Gourville  - B.Sc. 2020, Senior Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Department of Chemistry.
Evan L. Willis - M.Sc. 2020.
Sophia Cornish  - ACS Project SEED high school student, summer 2019.
Michael McMechen - M.Sc. 2018
W. Tyler Price - 2016 - 2018
Brandon Lowe - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2019
Jazmine Lumpan - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2018
Carolynn Davern - REU summer student (integrated Computational and Experimental), 2017

Meric Trombley
Undergraduate student (

Meric was born and raised in Concord NC. He is pursuing pre-med and a B.A. in chemistry. He is currently in the university scholars program, chemistry honors program and AXE. In his free time, Meric loves to work out, play sports, and spend time with family/friends.


Molly Carter
Graduate student (

Molly is from outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied chemistry at Wake Forest University and received her B.S. in Chemistry in May 2022. While at WFU, she worked with Dr. John Lukesh developing small molecule hydrogen selenide donors. Molly joined the Proulx lab in 2022. In her free time, Molly enjoys cooking and traveling to new places. 

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Karlee McKinney
Graduate student (

Karlee is from Florence, Mississippi, and completed her undergraduate studies at Belhaven University. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Psychology. Karlee participated in a Physical Organic REU at Ole Miss and in research with Dr. Reid Bishop and Dr. Ariel Kelley at her undergrad institution. She is currently in the Chemistry of Life program at NC State and enjoys spending her free time reading and walking with her dog at Lake Johnson.


Kristiana Witte
Graduate student (

Kristy is from Arlington, VA, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish in May 2022. While at UNCW, she worked in Dr. Soon Goo Lee’s lab and was a member of the beach volleyball team. She is a current Chemistry of Life fellow and Warren-Wolfpack Club fellow. She enjoys playing beach volleyball and reading in her free time. 

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