Two Graduate Students Received Shull Wollan Center Graduate Research Fellowship
Shelby Stavretis, a 4th year graduate student in Dr. Ben Xue’s research group, and Fatema Wahida, a 3rd year graduate student in Dr. John Larese’s research group, were awarded Shull Wollan Center Graduate Research Fellowship for May 2017 through April 2018. The Fellowship includes a year of stipend in support of the awardees’ research.
In 1998 Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee (UT) established the Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, which had been reconstituted as the Shull Wollan Center: a Joint Institute for Neutron Science.
“(Clifford) Shull and (Ernest) Wollan were pioneering researchers of neutron diffraction in the 1940s, laying the groundwork for scientific breakthroughs that continue to this day in physics, energy science, materials science, and biological science,” stated on UT’s Office of Research & Engagement website.
“Dr. Xue forwarded an email announcement for the fellowship,” Stavretis said. “When I was notified I received the award I felt excited that my research in neutron scattering was being recognized. This fellowship will provide invaluable support for my neutron scattering research projects. It will help advance my research goals and provides opportunities for further collaboration with the scientists at the Spallation Neutron Source.”
Stavretis completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Butler University. In 2014, she joined Xue’s inorganic chemistry research group. Since then her work has focused on using neutron scattering techniques to probe molecular magnetism. Her research relies on the user facilities at the Spallation Neutron Source and the the NIST Center for Neutron Research at ORNL.
“I was very excited and pleased to receive this award.” Wahida said. “A great deal of my research requires neutron scattering to gain insight into the dynamics of the molecular systems under study. This fellowship is a great inspiration and recognition of my work. I believe it will help me contribute to neutron science by accomplishing my graduate school research goals. I sincerely thank the committee for selecting me as a recipient. I am also thankful to my advisor Professor J. Z. Larese for his endless support and guidance in my research.”
Wahida completed her undergraduate in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Dhaka. She joined Larese materials and neutron scattering group in fall 2014. Her current research focuses on studying the thermodynamics and molecular dynamics of the adsorption of cyclic hydrocarbons on surfaces with comparable symmetries. Neutron scattering is used in her research to probe the microscopic dynamics and the structure of the adsorbed molecular films. Most of the neutron experiments are conducted at the user facilities of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at ORNL.