This year’s Sanger Summer Scholars Symposium featured something for everyone from science to education policies, with eight pairs of fellows presenting their eight-week-long research projects. The Sanger Fellows program pairs students and faculty to work together and in weekly seminars with the larger group of fellows to workshop research ideas.
A couple of highlights from the symposium:
Weltha Ondik’17 and George Lisensky, chemistry department chair, presented on non-cadmium quantum dots. Cadmium dots can be used in everything from televisions to solar cells. However the cadmium element makes this seemingly great chemical advancement toxic. Weltha and George challenged themselves to examine the properties of less toxic quantum dots made from copper, indium, and zinc or manganese.
Darryl Smith’18 and Beatrice McKenzie, history professor, examined race and gender equity in the U.S. Foreign Service. As a case study, they looked at a black female officer who joined the service during the 1980s, a time when black male officers were suing the State Department for racial discrimination.