Undergraduate researcher Danielle Cadena (Caram group) has been accepted to the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Fellowship, in which I’ll be able to continue my research with the Caram group, and develop my professional skills” Cadena said. “With this scholarship, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. that integrates materials and physical chemistry.”
A Chemistry and Materials science senior, Cadena has conducted research in the lab of UCLA physical chemistry professor Dr. Justin Caram since September 2017. She will receive funding to carry out her research on synthesizing noble-metal nanowires in solution of J-aggregate templates of amphiphilic cyanine dyes. Additionally, Cadena grows organic semiconducting single crystals via physical vapor transport.
As part of the Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars program, Cadena will also attend a series of professional development seminars.
Since its inception in 1989, the Clare Boothe Luce Program has been one of the most significant sources of support for women seeking to study science, engineering, and mathematics.
The Clare Boothe Luce Award was established by Clare Boothe Luce, a playwright, journalist, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut, “to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach” in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.