2019 MIT MRL Summer Scholar Leah Borgsmiller chooses Northwestern University for graduate school.
During Summer 2019, Leah Borgsmiller worked on niobium-aluminum thin films for superconducting nanowire single photon detectors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Karl K. Berggren’s lab through the NSF-funded MIT MRL Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
What graduate school will you be attending?
I have decided to continue my studies at Northwestern University by starting in their PhD program in Materials Science and Engineering in the fall. I’m not completely sure what I want to do in the future, but I’m confident that I want to pursue a PhD in the area of electronic materials and then build a career in materials research.
What awards have you received?
I received the Northwestern University Outstanding MSE Junior Award in May of 2019. I have also been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund my graduate studies.
What about your MIT MRL Summer Scholar experience was most enjoyable?
The most enjoyable part of my summer experience at MIT was being exposed to so many different cutting edge researchers and studies being conducted at MIT. I loved hearing about what my peers were researching during their time at MIT in addition to getting the opportunity to dive deeply into my project.
How did your Summer Scholars experience contribute to getting you where you are today?
The MIT MRL Summer Scholars experience confirmed that I wanted to apply to graduate schools and has given me a new confidence in myself as a researcher, as well as providing me with practical research skills that have helped me in research projects since then. This experience was invaluable in preparing me to start my PhD in the fall.