In high school, my teacher for both Introductory
Chemistry and AP Chemistry was Mrs. Joanne Overman, who turned out
to be the wife of UCI's famous organic chemist, Dr. Larry E. Overman.
In the winter of freshman year, I paid Dr. Overman a visit, and
he suggested researching with a professor whose course I had taken.
At the time, the only chemistry course I had taken was with Dr.
A.J. Shaka, so I decided to e-mail him regarding an undergraduate
research position. Having warned me about the time it takes to be
involved in research, Dr. Shaka assigned me a small programming
project and my research career was off to a start.