Kendra White-Drayton

Kendra White-Drayton

Chemistry
Inducted in 2019

Kendra A. White-Drayton is a candidate for the Ph.D. in chemistry with a concentration in analytical and organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on electrochemical organic synthesis of molecules and the signaling studies of binding events between biological targets and small molecules on microelectrode arrays. Kendra has been recognized as a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow and was awarded the Washington University Department of Chemistry Award for Teaching Excellence. Kendra also is in the process of receiving the Teaching Citation certificate of completion. As well, she received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Iowa State University, where she was an undergraduate research assistant. Kendra grows with every endeavor and is passionate about sharing a love of chemistry through her teaching and community service. She has been a devoted mentor working as a graduate resource for chemistry with the WashU Office of Student Success Deneb STARS (Sustaining Talented Academically Recognized Students) program, an initiative that provides support and leadership tools for low-income and first-generation students. Kendra also volunteers with Catalysts for Change and Young Scientists Program, both which focus on encouraging St. Louis community youth to explore science. Ultimately, Kendra aspires to become a chemistry professor impacting students’ lives thru an effective and creative learning environment.