Caitlin Cain, granddaughter of Roy and Judy Gross of Buchanan and daughter of Rodney and Kimberly Gross Cain of Gloucester, has recently been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM fields who are pursuing research based doctoral degrees. Awardees receive a stipend of $34,000 along with $12,000 cost of education allowance for three years.
Caitlin will graduate in May from Virginia Commonwealth University with dual degrees in both Chemistry and Forensic Science. While at VCU she has conducted research in the Department of Chemistry, presented at three international conferences and has authored two papers on her work with novel techniques in liquid chromatography.
Upon graduation from VCU, Caitlin will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle to earn her Ph.D. While there, she will focus on advances in multidimensional gas chromatography.