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Todd Lewis

Todd LewisAs a native Tucsonan and a third generation Wildcat, in May 2020 I will receive both a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in History. In this way, I have had the opportunity to contribute and make a difference at opposite ends of the scientific spectrum by being involved in both the physical and social sciences. In fact, as a testament to both the breadth and depth of my study in both the sciences and liberal arts as well as my academic success, I am a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. During my years here as a part of CBC, I have served as an ambassador for the department, a peer mentor, preceptor, and tutor.

With my research focused in electroanalytical chemistry, I have been a member of Dr. Craig Aspinwall’s group for 5 semesters. In particular double-barrel theta pipettes have been prepared in order to enable simultaneous spatial mapping via Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy (SICM) and electrochemical mapping via Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM). I am passionate about analytical chemistry as it is a true measurement science; I enjoy performing selective, sensitive, analytical measurements to detect and quantify analytes at the most minute levels. While I love chemistry and history, always having been a sort of a “history buff,” I will be pursing analytical chemistry at the graduate level. After applying to a total of 8 graduate schools this Fall 2019 based upon the advice of my research mentors, I was, in turn accepted to a total of 7 including: The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, The University of Washington, the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and Colorado State University. I wish to not only expand my knowledge of chemistry but immerse myself in research, discovery, and application of analytical chemistry at the graduate level. Indeed, research fundamentally rooted in quantitative chemical analysis involving the separation, identification, and quantification of analytes has inspired me most.

In addition to history, other hobbies of mine include music. Having been actively involved in music most of my life, today, I still play my trumpet in the UA Symphonic Band. In addition to the trumpet, I have been playing the piano since 2007. Along with music, I enjoy hiking in the Sonoran desert.