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Emily Legaard

Chemistry M.S. Candidate


Faculty Advisor

Professor Rachel O’Brien

Research Interests

Analyzing the composition of organic compounds found in films on both indoor and outdoor surfaces


B.S. Summa cum laude, December 2019, Villanova University
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Mathematics 

G. N. Quam Medallion of Excellence in Chemistry May 2020

Silvestri Scholarship Summer 2019
Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellow Summer 2018
ACS Analytical Chemistry Award May 2018
CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Award May 2017

Academic Positions

Teaching Assistant at Villanova University (General Chemistry I Lab, Fall 2018, Fall 2019; General Chemistry II Lecture, Spring 2019)
Undergraduate Student Researcher at Villanova University (Eigenbrodt Research Group, June 2017-Dec 2019)

Publications & Presentations

Legaard, E.  Effect of Nitrogen Medium Concentration on Cell Growth and Lipid Composition of Nannochloris eucaryotum, 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, Aug 19-23, 2018.

Education & Career Objectives

After earning my M.S. in Chemistry, I plan on entering industry with a focus on method development or another application of analytical chemistry.