Samantha McKenna

A native of Long Island, New York, Samantha received her BA in Chemistry from Cornell University in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MS in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a concentration in flavor chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Keith Cadwallader at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research topic is: “Identification and Characterization of Mint Lactones: Trace-Level Odor-Important Compounds in Peppermint Oil.” She is currently the Treasurer of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Graduate Student Association at UIUC and an active member of the Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity.