The Meldrum lab operates in harmony with William & Mary’s Vision, Mission, and Values. Notably, “through close mentoring and collaboration, [Tyler seeks to] inspire lifelong learning, generate new knowledge, and expand understanding.”

Tyler mentoring an undergraduate student at a campus poster session

One member of the Meldrum lab wrote of Tyler’s mentorship:

When I came into college, I had this notion of research as unattainable and far above me, and while I was trying to decide on a major between physics and chemistry, I found the Meldrum lab. Tyler welcomed me into his lab and offered me a gradual entrance into research that helped me find time in my schedule and an appreciation for research. Soon, Tyler became my major advisor when I declared a chemistry major. He offered strong advice for my time at William & Mary and for summer internships, helping me land [an external laboratory technician position]. He tailored the tasks in lab to each group member’s strengths and allowed each to shine in their own way. He also incorporated weekly lab presentations to both work on our own public speaking skills and to keep the lab group in the loop on all ongoing endeavors. Along with research, Tyler is an engaging professor who I’m thrilled to have as my physical chemistry professor this semester.

Tyler prioritizes mentoring students by:

  • regularly and actively working with students on projects
  • pairing more- and less-experienced students on shared projects
  • encouraging student presentations at group meetings and at internal and external conferences
  • inviting students to participate in conference calls with collaborators
  • finding opportunities for students to pursue external research while W&M students
  • soliciting student input regarding lab culture, inclusivity, and work-life balance
  • continually reassessing and improving his approach to student mentorship

Meldrum lab students have collectively achieved:

  • 25 undergraduate degrees and four M.S. degrees
  • Ten student co-authors on peer-reviewed publications
  • Six undergraduate honors theses
  • Nine admissions to graduate programs and six admissions to health (M.D. and pharmacy) programs
  • Careers in industry, government, and military, as well as other non-chemistry-related fellowships, awards, and jobs
  • Over 160 credit hours of undergraduate research
  • Over 25 full-time summers of undergraduate research