Moving to the United States has changed Khoa’s life. One of his most memorable experiences was participating in the oath ceremony to become a citizen of the U.S. He recalls the flag was flapping in the wind while standing side by side with fellow citizens-to-be, he was proud to become an American. He credits his achievements to his parents, who had waited so long and sacrificed so much for that day.
Khoa continues to achieve as a Chemistry student. Since 2012, he has been engaged in research on polyamine-anthracene conjugates’ DNA binding affinity the laboratory of Dr. Kathryn B. Grant. In summer 2012, he became a Netzel Scholar and joined the Undergraduate STEM Research Society. As a result of these experiences, Khoa has taken the opportunity to present his finding at research conferences, such as the Southern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Khoa enjoys a little outdoor adventures in his life, such as going camping and traveling. His love for traveling leads him to multiple historical sites, one of which is the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina with its rich heritage and enduring tribute to the Gilded Age.
About Georgia State University, he has this to say: “The University has offered me opportunities to study and conduct research while providing the financial support to pursue these activities. The professors and friends I met encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. As a result, I have grown personally and intellectually.”