Laura Watkins

  • Program Year: 3
  • Academic Institution: University of Chicago
  • Field of Study: Theoretical Chemistry
  • Academic Advisor: Gregory Voth
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2017)
  • Degree(s):
    A.B. Chemistry-Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015


Pope, W.H., Bowman, C.A., Russell, D.A., Jacobs-Sera, D., Asai, D.J., Cresawn, S.G., Jacobs, W.R., Hendrix, R.W., Lawrence, J.G., Hatfull, G.F., et al. (2015). Whole genome comparison of a large collection of mycobacteriophages reveals a continuum of phage genetic diversity. Elife 4.


Graduate honors, University of Chicago:
Nathan Sugarman Teaching Award in General Chemistry, 2016
Awarded Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (Declined), 2016
Elaine K. Bernstein Women in Science Award (University of Chicago), 2015
Freud Fellow (University of Chicago), 2014

Undergraduate honors, Washington University in St. Louis:
Graduated with honors: Magna Cum Laude, 2015
Hypercube Award in Chemistry (for best computational chemistry student), 2015
Nominated to Sigma Chi honorary, 2015
Outstanding PLTL (Peer-Led Team Learning) Leader, 2014
Dean's List, 2011, 2012, 2014