A Beckman scholar selected to join the Barybin team will be offered a carefully thought-out undergraduate project of his/her own that is achievable within the program's timeframe. After a brief period of intense theoretical preparation, and thorough training in laboratory safety protocols, our scholar will engage in the synthetic design of a novel linear azulenic molecular linker relevant to molecular electronics and then will work on experimental assessment of its electron delocalization and charge transport profile. The scholar will actively participate in our weekly group meetings, where each member discusses his/her research accomplishments, challenges, ideas, and plans. Working alongside experienced doctoral students, the Beckman scholar will benefit from the "work with me, not for me" research atmosphere in the Barybin group that encourages creativity. The scholar will be granted the ability to implement individual research goals, and this freedom will expand gradually as the student gains his/her scientific maturity. In addition to co-authoring a peer-reviewed publication(s), the student's intellectual contribution will be reflected in presentations at national and regional meetings of the American Chemical Society as well as at local research conferences, such as KU Undergraduate Research Symposia and Wakarusa Valley ACS Student Research Symposia. These activities will build confidence, develop vital communications skills, and foster professional networking.