March 15, 2022

2022 Helen & Rolf Illsley Scholarship awarded to Vojislav Medic at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Vojislav is a PhD student at the University of Nebraska where his research project “focuses on nuclear radiation safety.  The specific goal is to design an efficient boron carbide neutron detection device using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with RF magnetron sputtering from ortho- and meta-carborane polymer precursors. The entire experimental process requires knowledge of multiple vacuum systems, as device fabrication consists of PECVD coating two boron carbide layers from two different precursors, with DC sputtered metal contacts.  The fact that every single experiment whether successful or unsuccessful, teaches me something is the reason why I was and still am interested in making vacuum coating part of material science a career path. Coupling that with the reality that scientific research is beneficial to the technological advancement of society, and the personal insatiable thirst for knowledge (not just in science, but also in sports, movies, music, philosophy, sociology, literature⋯ ), this field represents a perfect mix of challenge and fulfillment that I look for in a career path and personal growth.”

Vojislav says “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Helen & Rolf Illsley Fund for being donors for the SVC Foundation and making it possible for me to receive this prestigious scholarship. The fact that in this difficult time you still make it possible for students like me to receive financial support means a great deal, not just in the monetary sense but also from a humanitarian standpoint.  I sincerely hope that one day I will have the opportunity to pay it forward and this scholarship brings me one step closer to it.”

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