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DYC Student Completes Prestigious Chemistry Research Fellowship

DYC Student Completes Prestigious Chemistry Research Fellowship

Maoj Awad, a chemistry major, completed a 10-week fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Buffalo, New York – August 26, 2015 – Maoj Awad, a chemistry major at D’Youville College, just completed an intensive 10-week summer research fellowship at the University at Buffalo. This “Research Experience for Undergraduates” is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and carries with it a $5,000 stipend.

What makes this awarded fellowship so impressive is that it is generally given to students entering their senior year, and Awad is only entering her junior year at D’Youville.

She worked in the lab of Dr. David Watson, within the chemistry department at UB. Awad’s research involved the use of laser spectroscopy to characterize the light-induced transfer of electrons between semiconductor nanoparticles, a process directly relevant to solar energy conversion.

According to Dr. Watson, “Maoj did a fantastic job! In a very short time period, she developed excellent hands-on skills in synthetic materials chemistry and surface chemistry and learned to perform sophisticated spectroscopic measurements. She contributed significantly to our efforts to understand and control electron transfer at nanostructured materials interfaces.”

Awad has been very active in research at D’Youville with chemistry faculty Dr. Gregory Soja, who just presented their research findings at the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

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Margaret Goodman, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Phone: 716-829-7794