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Kaitlin Luedecke

Joy P. Williams Science Awards, Physical Science

Dr. Joy Williams was a professor of microbiology and served as the associate director of the Honors Program for 20 years. This award was created in her memory to recognize outstanding female students in the sciences. It is one of the highest honors that the Honors Program can bestow on female students majoring in the sciences.


Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Peachtree City, GA

Activities/Honors: Foundation Fellow, Barry Goldwater Scholar (2019), recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Inorganic Chemistry undergraduate award and 2020 winner of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant, President of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (Chemistry Club), member of the UGA Chess Club, and full time worker in an inorganic chemistry laboratory

What I like most about the Honors Program: I like how there are so many opportunities to travel, conduct research, and learn with the Honors Program, but it’s really the amazing staff and my peers that make me love the Honors Program!

Why I chose my major: I became a BS chemistry major after taking an Honors General Chemistry course with Dr. Gregory Robinson, who became my research mentor. I was challenged by the material taught in his course and connected with him as a mentor, and I ended up joining his research lab that spring! Shortly afterward I changed my major to chemistry and haven’t looked back since.

Post-graduation plans: I will be pursuing my PhD in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology starting this fall!