Composed of dye molecules on the surface of a semiconductor, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a promising, affordable alternative to silicon technology. I am investigating the effect of individual dye molecules’ orientations on overall DSSC efficiency. The Honors Fellowship will enable me to dedicate my summer to this research, a valuable time without the pressures of classes or other jobs. I will also be able to purchase specific, expensive materials requisite for my experiments. Finally, the additional funds for our research advisors will allow me to give a little back to the lab that has already given me so much during my undergraduate years.
Hometown: Henrico, VA
Future Plans: I am pursuing a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree in a chemical field. I would like to conduct translational research bridging preclinical and clinical trials, being both in the lab and at the bedside.
Hobbies: I am involved with the W&M Chemistry Club and Catholic Campus Ministry. I volunteer at Matthew Whaley Elementary School and Olde Towne Medical Center. I love to paint and draw, and I’m trying to learn to cable knit.
Fun Fact: I recently bought a mirrorless DSLR camera and used it to document my semester abroad in Seville, Spain. I had never experimented with photography before, and it turned out to be a great outlet for my artistic urges. I definitely want to continue the hobby back here in the States!
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