Science is an international collaborative effort. As such, conferences worldwide will have participants from numerous countries. Our students who attend national conferences will often meet scientists and students from around the world.
One of our students had the unique opportunity to present her research at an international conference. Kate Rodriguez ('13) (CHM major, PHY minor) attended the Molecular Materials conference (MolMat) in Barcelona, Spain. She presented work on nanoparticle coatings that she had been doing at W&J with Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones and Dr. Robbie Iuliucci over the course of a year (through funding from the National Science Foundation). Kate's travel was also supported through funding from W&J's president, Dr. Tori Haring-Smith.
Kate describes her experience at MolMat below:
"I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Barcelona, Spain, to attend the Molecular Materials 2012 conference. The conference covered a wide range of subjects across chemistry, physics, and biology, and was attended by scientists from around the world. I was selected to present a poster, which detailed my work on controlling the surface functionalization of zinc oxide nanoparticles via the attachment of organic acid self-assembled monolayers. The conference was an incredibly enlightening experience; I made some wonderful connections and also received some valuable suggestions from other presenters. This trip was a unique experience for me because it allowed me to enrich myself intellectually through attending MolMat, while also affording me the opportunity to really immerse myself in an unfamiliar culture.
While in Europe, I traveled around Barcelona and the surrounding areas. I visited Montserrat Monastery (just outside of Barcelona), embarked on a local Spanish wine and cavas tour, and also drove to France (Nice and Marseille). I am so grateful to W&J for not only allowing me to attend this conference, but also for encouraging me to enjoy my experience as much as possible."