Behind the Test Tube: Q&A

Kaelyn McFarlane-Connelly—Chemistry Senior, Goldwater Scholar

A poster featuring the person's image and the answer to two profile questions.

Where is home/Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Bay Area in California, but am originally from Australia.

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?

When I was in elementary school, I wanted to understand why most cookie recipes asked for softened butter (not melted or cold). That lead me down a long rabbit hole that resulted in me being a chemistry major, and then wanting to continue to a career in research!

Proudest accomplishment while at the University of Rochester?

Running three quantum dot syntheses simultaneously.

What do you like to do when not in the department?

Try out new recipes, play flute, build sets for plays, and go on hikes.

A Rochester must?

Java's Cafe

Care to share about a special tradition in your family/town/country?

When in Australia my family and I go down to the beach for a swim before having a Christmas barbecue.

Ask me about…

Flute! I have been playing for twelve years and love playing in the orchestra on campus.



The goal of this initiative is to highlight the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in the Department of Chemistry and help our community develop stronger connections and synergies. You can think of these spotlights as the beginning of a conversation that we very much hope you will continue in the corridors of Hutch and beyond.

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