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Amy Daradich hails from Toronto and enrolled at the University of Toronto after graduating from high school. For her undergraduate degree she dabbled in several fields, but ended up focusing on biophysics. However, once she started taking the required fundamental courses for her master’s she found herself drawn more towards geophysics and studying the long-term evolution of terrestrial planets. Daradich plans to use the award to collaborate with researchers at MIT and Harvard.
Leslie Kerby returned to academia three years ago after nearly fifteen years away from research. As an undergraduate, she had always been drawn to quantum mechanics, so she started looking around for ways that she could mix quantum mechanics with applied research. While in graduate school, she got an offer to work on nuclear physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. There, she’s been working to upgrade the code that’s commonly used by physicists calculating nuclear reactions. She finished her master’s degree last spring and is on track to earn her PhD in about two years.
Sujatha Sampath will study the hierarchical structure of spider silks at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a postdoctoral research associate. It is envisioned that her work will help unravel details on the correlation between structure and observed physical properties, which can in turn be translated to biomimetic applications. The fellowship has enabled Sujatha to return to her research field and broaden her research scope.