Kristen Gardner is a PhD Student in the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Graduate Mentor for the SEED Scholars Honors Program. As a member of the Sarpong Group in the College of Chemistry, she studies new methods to access cyclic scaffolds that are applicable in the total synthesis of natural products. Kristen graduated with her BS in Chemistry with honors and distinction in 2019 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she had the great pivilege of being a Chancellor's Science Scholar.
As an alumna of the Chancellor's Science Scholars (CSS) Program (Meyerhoff-Modeled Program) at UNC Chapel Hill, Kristen was ecstatic to hear that a similar program was starting at Berkeley. CSS created a diverse and inclusive community and provided immense support that led her to being Chancellor's and NSF Graduate Research Fellows in the College of Chemistry at Berkeley. Kristen wants to help build the SEED Scholars Honors Program in an effort to give back to a program similar to CSS, which she loves so dearly, and help the next generation of diverse scientists grow. Kristen is excited to get to mentor the brilliant, young scientists and future leaders of STEM.