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ASU Online student accepted into PhD program to pursue computational molecular dynamics


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Cade Duckworth

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July 14, 2023

The flexibility and robustness of ASU Online attracted Cade Duckworth to complete his undergraduate degree with the School of Molecular Sciences.

Duckworth graduated in May with not one but two degrees — a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with a concentration in medicinal chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience.

“Online learning allowed me to learn at my own pace while giving me the flexibility to choose the days and times that work best for me, which is more compatible with my learning style,” Duckworth explained.

“The challenging classes, such as biochemistry and physical chemistry, along with the remote research experiences I had through ASU, combined to help prepare me for the rigors of graduate school.”

Duckworth has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he plans to study biophysics with a theoretical and computational emphasis. His interests include computer-aided drug design and development of novel methods for modeling biomolecules through computer modeling and simulation.

Ara Austin, senior director of online engagement and strategic initiatives with the Office of the Dean in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and clinical associate professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, stated, "We are thrilled that Cade will be pursuing his passion for research in graduate school."

"Throughout his time at ASU, Cade participated in different types of research experiences as an undergraduate online student, and it has been an absolute pleasure to see him grow his skills as a researcher Austin said. "I'm looking forward to seeing his contribution to the scientific community, and we are all extremely proud of Cade."

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