Ursula Williams came to Juniata in 2014 as an assistant professor of chemistry after completing her graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Williams earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and English in 2009 from Union College in Schenectady, NY. She went on to earn a doctorate in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she was awarded a fellowship from the university's Center for Teaching and Learning, and her excellence in teaching was recognized at the departmental, college, and university levels. Her research interests include the coordination chemistry of the transition metal and rare earth elements. The primary focus of her graduate research was the synthesis and characterization of tetravalent cerium coordination compounds. Her current research explores the effects of coordination environment on the redox behavior of first row transition metal complexes. Williams has published research findings in several professional journals including Nature Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry, and Dalton Transactions, and she is a member of the American Chemical Society.