Ashley Jiwon Shin (or 신지원) is a graduate student working with Professor Justin Caram at University of California, Los Angeles. Ashley is on the physical chemistry track in the UCLA Ph.D. program with a focus on spectroscopy.
Physical chemistry is a challenging field that studies molecular behaviors and models them using a mixture of quantum mechanical and classical laws. Ashley is fascinated by research in physical chemistry because it unifies my interests in chemistry, engineering, and computer science. To tackle this field, researchers of multiple disciplines collaborate, attempting to observe the tiniest of interactions in nature. She is attracted to the lifestyle of a scientist, who serves as a member of the global academic community that works together for scientific development. Thus, Ashley aspires to complete her graduate studies in physical chemistry and become an influential academic scientist.