April 13, 2021

2021 J.A. Woollam Company Scholarship to Rachel Nye

Rachel Nye, a PhD student at North Carolina State University, is recipient of a 2021 J.A. Woollam Company Scholarship from the SVC Foundation.

Rachel writes “I would like to sincerely thank you for providing the J.A. Woollam Company Scholarship.  I am very honored to have been selected to receive this award.”

“I would like to briefly introduce myself and summarize my opportunities with this scholarship.  I am a 4th year PhD student studying chemical engineering at NCSU.  I work under Dr. Gregory Parsons to understand growth mechanisms in molecular layer deposition of polyurea.  Starting in September 2020 I have been expanding my work to area selective deposition of TiO2 through an internship with IMEC in Leuven, Belgium.  IMEC is a world-renowned nanotechnology research facility where I have the opportunity to work with bright minds and state-of-the-art equipment.  This has been a tremendous experience so far, both in learning more about vacuum coating technology and semiconductors as well as embracing a new culture.”

“Unfortunately, my funding during this internship has been much lower than during my time at NCSU, which has put me in a financial “hole”.  Like most people across the globe, the year 2020 has already caused me plenty of stress due to the COVID pandemic (not to mention living in lockdown in a foreign country for months), without the need for any additional financial burdens.  I am so grateful to have received this scholarship so that I can stay on my feet and focus on my research!”

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