Staff Highlight: Carol Price

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove

Carol Price

What is your position and how long have you worked at UVA?

“I'm the instructor for the undergraduate biochemistry labs (CHEM4411 and 4421). I was a graduate student and post-doc at UVA before joining the Chemistry Department in 2007.”

What do you enjoy about working in UVA Chemistry?

The best part of my job, without a doubt, is working with the students. I love their energy and their eagerness to develop as scientists and professionals. Since I spend two semesters doing research with the students, I get to know them pretty well. Their success brings me a lot of satisfaction and pride. And I like to think that they keep me young.”

What is a piece of advice that you would like to pass on to UVA students?

“I see that chemistry students experience a lot of stress and pressure, both during college and in preparing for their post-grad plans. I would remind them that they are all bright, hardworking, and capable. Despite how it may feel, there is no strict time-line for achieving their goals. If their pathway is less direct, embrace each opportunity that comes along; those opportunities may lead them somewhere they didn't even know they wanted to or were meant to go.” 

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?

“About five years ago, a friend and I signed up for a beginning wheel class at a local clay studio. I've been taking classes there ever since. Last summer, I started teaching beginning wheel. Several chemistry students and even more UVA Clay Club students take classes at the studio! It's a lot of fun. I also enjoy the usual gardening, the local food and wine scene, travel, doting on my kids and cats, and home decor.”