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McNair Feature Scholar: Meet Jordan!

Jordan Munos, Cohort 21
Jordan Munos, Cohort 21

Jordan Munos is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology with a minor in Political Science. She was raised in Aurora, IL with her twin sister (who also attends UWEC) and older brother. Outside of class, Jordan enjoys training and participating in triathlons with plans to race in a half Ironman. She also enjoys baking—her favorite dish to make is apple dumplings, and she uses any spare time to read.  
For two years, Jordan has worked in Dr. James A. Phillips’ lab in the Chemistry department at UWEC. The goal of Phillips’ lab research is to explore the structural and energetic properties of molecular complexes and identify those that exhibit novel characteristics, using both computational (computer simulations of the electron distribution and bonding) and experimental (low temperature, matrix isolation-infrared (IR) spectroscopy) Chemistry. The project Jordan currently works on considers the OC–BX3 (X= Cl or Br) complexes and the possibility of bond stretch isomerism. In the future, Jordan plans to continue her education by pursuing an MD/PhD degree with a possible research focus in pharmacology.