Scholar Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was selected as “Forbes 30 under 30” for 2017 in Energy. According to Forbes magazine: “As a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, Uwamanzu-Nna discovered that adding a nanoclay ingredient called attapulgite to cement slurries improves the undersea cement seals that keep offshore oil wells from leaking.”
Augusta comments, "Being named a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 in the Energy category was personally important for me as a freshman transitioning into the motions of college, who needed assurance that her goal of becoming a STEM innovator is absolutely attainable through consistency, patience, and faith. I am humbled by this recognition and am delighted by the opportunity to serve as a positive role model for women of color who similarly cannot quench their thirst for all things science."
"It was a very hands-on experience and I spent all of my time in the operating room with the surgical team. I examined and assisted in procedures including open heart surgery, mastectomies, etc., and observed the anesthesiologist's role in all of it.
Obviously I have far to go, but I know now what drugs are capable of putting someone to sleep and the logistics of a painless surgery. The experience confirmed that I will have a rewarding career in the medical field, and I fell in love with the field of anesthesia more during my time there. It's helped me improve my focus towards my goal since I know what lies beyond medical school. It was exhilarating, eye-opening, and revelatory."-Sara
Kaila Helm at the University of Pennsylvania is enrolled in an engineering course called Appropriate Point of Care Diagnostics (APOC). She is learning how to "design self-contained, portable medical diagnostics to provide high-quality medical care in resource-limited settings."
She is traveling to Ghana for the second part of the class and will be studying at the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine for one month. As someone who has never had the opportunity to travel outside the country, this opportunity will allow Kaila to complete a life-long dream under the safety net of Penn’s financial aid.