Allison Pymer (akpymer[at]      
  I grew up in King of Prussia and attended classes within the Upper Merion Area School District. Prior to my collegiate years, I enjoyed participating in the orchestra (thanks to my parents' tolerance for the sometimes-unpleasant noises that this produced), choir, cross-country, and track and field.

I attended Temple University as an undergraduate B.S. candidate in Chemistry, and graduated in May 2008. My research focused on the surface properties of various environmentally important materials and the mechanisms that allow for the remediation of contaminants. Results of this study assisted in our understanding of molecular-level processes such as reaction dynamics at material interfaces.

Allison was awarded the Henry A. Sloviter Research Award in Chemistry at the 2006 Temple University College of Science and Technology awards banquet.

Allison was awarded first place in the Physical I division at the 70th Annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention (ISCC) for her presentation, "Using ultrafast lasers for nonlinear optical studies of mesoscopic particles in solution."

Allison graduated with her B.S. in Chemistry from Temple University in May 2008. She began her adventures in the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, researching with the Leone Research Group in the Physical Chemistry Division of the College of Chemistry. Barring any unforeseen natural disasters during the next few years, Allison plans on enjoying the locally-grown produce and excellent weather that the region has to offer.