Ashley Truxal, tuc14040[at]      

I hail from Pittsburgh, PA and came to Philadelphia to seek out new experiences. I found many when I was accepted into Temple University in 2009 and later got the opportunity to do undergraduate research. I am an undergraduate chemistry major with a plan to attend graduate school and ultimately pursue a PhD program in a field related to chemistry. I joined the Borguet Group because both the sensor projects and research process interest me. I am currently studying new ways to make surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors that will detect the presence of specific molecules. I am attracted to the pursuit of finding solutions to real scientific problems, and this project addresses that attraction. In fact, I find the limits of my scientific understanding is tested and expanded every day in this group. There is a lot to be gained from doing this research and I look forward to contributing to and learning from it.

Ashley Truxal was awarded a CARAS Project Grant Award. December 2011.

Ashley Truxal won honorable mention in the category "Best Undergraduate Poster" at the ACS YCC Philadelphia poster session for work on hydrazine sensors with partner, Nicole Haloupek, and their supervising graduate student, Devika Sil.

Through the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, and with financial support from the Albert B. Brown and Temple University Study Abroad Program scholarships Ashley is continuing her studies in chemistry at the University Pierre er Marie Curie in Paris, France in fall 2012.

While studying abroad in Paris, Ashley stood out in her studies not only by excelling in chemistry but also by insisting on taking all of her classes in French. Her dedication to both chemistry and the French culture has been rewarded by a scholarship from Universite Pierre et Marie Curie

Ashley was awarded Temple University Albert B. Brown Chemistry Scholarship and Temple University Study Abroad Scholarship in September 2012.

Ashley received the ACS Scholastic Achievement Award in March 2013 before closing her undergraduate studies as the student commencement speaker for the College of Science and Technology's class of 2013.

Armed with all of her valuable experiences and accomplishments at Temple, Ashley plans journey to the West coast this fall to pursue a PhD in physical chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Ashley's CV