Family: Parents, Charles and Carolyn; brother, Matthew, 36.
Occupation: Graduate research assistant in the department of chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.
Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, Wheeling Jesuit University, 2003; pursuing a doctorate at VCU.
Background: Selected in 1999 by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review as a winner of the Outstanding Young Citizen Award. Winschel's major research focus in graduate school is organic chemistry and her work is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. She plans to pursue a career in teaching at the university level.
Noteworthy: Appointed by the NSF to a U.S. delegation of about 60 students traveling to the 56th annual meeting of Nobel laureates and students in Lindau, Germany. Winschel will spend five days in the island city beginning Monday to discuss her research and issues of importance in her field with Nobel Prize winners in chemistry.
Quote: "I am excited to meet the very minds that put together the chemistry I use on a daily basis and understand how they think and work, and how they attack problem-solving."