Summer Scholar Update: Sarah Arveson Featured

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2014 Summer Scholar Sarah M. Arveson peers into a microscope at Yale University, where she is a graduate student in geology and geophysics. Arveson spent her NSF REU at MIT in the lab of ARCO Career Development Professor William A. Tisdale working on methyl ammonium lead bromide thin films. Courtesy photo.

What graduate program are you currently pursuing?

Since my MIT REU experience, I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Geophysics with High Honors. I am currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University. I conduct high-pressure and high-temperature experiments to understand the interior of Earth and other planets.

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Have you had any articles published related to your MIT Summer Scholar experience?
I am a second author on the following paper, which features experimental results from my MIT REU: Tyagi, P., Arveson, S. M., & Tisdale, W. A. (2015). Colloidal organohalide perovskite nanoplatelets exhibiting quantum confinement,The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 6(10), 1911-1916.

What awards have you received?

I have received the following awards:

• Charles H. Ramsden Scholarship (Department of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley - 2015)

• Graduate Student Research Grant (Geological Society of America - 2017)

• Graduate Fellowship Research Grant (NASA CT Space Grant Consortium - 2017)

• Hammer Prize (Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University - 2018)

• Graduate Fellowship Research Grant (NASA CT Space Grant Consortium - 2018)

• Dean’s Emerging Scholar Research Award (Yale University - 2018)

• Outstanding Student Presentation Award – Mineral and Rock Physics (American Geophysical Union – 2018)

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What about your MIT Summer Scholar experience was most enjoyable?
I enjoyed getting to explore an area of research that was new to me, meeting people from different programs from all over the country, and exploring a new city.

How did your MIT Summer Scholars experience contribute to getting you where you are today?
I enjoyed my research experience with MIT MPC/CMSE so much that when applying for graduate school, I was torn between remaining in Earth Science or starting a Materials Science PhD. I ultimately chose an Earth Science program, but my thesis is heavily materials science influenced. The knowledge I gained over the summer studying organometallic halide perovskites for solar cell applications gives me a broader perspective on my own research today. For instance, the first publication from my PhD is on defect-induced semiconducting states in potassium bromide (KBr) at high-pressure (Arveson, S. M., Kiefer, B., Deng, J., Liu, Z., & Lee, K. K. (2018), Thermally induced coloration of KBr at high pressures, Physical Review B, 97(9), 094103). This phenomenon has been robustly observed in the high-pressure experimental community but had not been previously characterized. My experience from the MIT MPC/CMSE program gave me the tools to do so. (Editor’s note: MPC and CMSE became the Materials Research Laboratory in October 2017.)

What are your future plans or ambitions?
After my PhD, I would like to continue working in high-pressure experimental research in the public sector, either in an academic setting or at a national lab. My interests also include science communication, science policy, and labor organizing.

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