Beth Burzynski is a PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Gavin Sacks at Cornell University, where she studies grape and wine flavor chemistry. Beth primarily focuses on volatile profiling of grape mapping populations using solid phase micro-extraction – gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (SPME-GC-MS), with additional projects examining malic acid in wild Vitis species and developing food safe labs for high school chemistry classes.
Beyond academics, Beth has been heavily involved in GPWomeN: the Graduate and Professional Women’s Network at Cornell University. She has served on the executive board for three years, and secured a leadership grant for a collaborative speaker series during her tenure as President of the organization. Beth is a recipient of the American Wine Society Educational Foundation scholarship, as well as an International Women’s Day Leadership award. Prior to her PhD, Beth earned a BA in Psychology from Cornell University, a MS in Chemistry from Villanova University, and worked in hospitality management.