Sara Southward

Chemistry M.S. Candidate

Faculty Advisor

Professor Richard Kiefer

Research Interests

Synthesizing interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) for radiation shielding in space and developing radiation shielding materials for Mars using simulated Martian regolith and hydrogen-rich polymers


B.S. Cum Laude, May 2017. The College of William and Mary
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Applied Mathematics


2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Academic Positions

Undergraduate Research Assistant, W&M¸ Fall 2015-Spring 2017
Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant, W&M, Summer 2017
Graduate Research Assistant, W&M, Fall 2017

Education and Career Objectives

PhD program in polymer chemistry