Since arriving at William & Mary in 2002, Professor Harbron has developed an active research program in organic photochemistry. She is working to develop ways to use fluorescence modulation for imaging and sensing applications. Harbron’s research projects regularly involve students, and she mentors nearly 10 student researchers during the academic year. Fourteen students have appeared as co-authors on her publications, 11 of whom had worked with Harbron since their freshman or sophomore year. During the summer, she averages six students engaged in full-time research. Recognized as an outstanding teacher, Harbron has established a program of peer mentorship which pairs young, inexperienced students with older, more experienced students. Her success in developing young women scientists was highlighted in a 2011 Associated Press story, which was published by news outlets across the country. Harbron is a reviewer for several journals in her field and serves on the advisory board of the Inter-American Photochemical Society. She is the recipient of several awards, including the College’s Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award in 2011 and the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2010. Harbron holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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