Stu was born in Raleigh, NC but grew up in Downingtown, PA. In 2023, he received a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. While at JMU, he conducted research towards the synthesis and characterization of hemilabile, bidentate ligands for use in organometallic catalysis under Drs. Donna Amenta and John Gilje. Stu began his graduate career at Vanderbilt in fall of 2023 and his research will focus on the total synthesis of biologically active natural products and catalysis.