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"I chose research"

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pursue a Ph.D. or leave with a bachelor’s degree? It can be hard for students to answer this question.  But for Sylvia Nwosu, chemical engineering PhD student at the University of Kansas, the answer was clear.

“I chose research.  It was my calling and nothing thrilled me more than knowing I had a chance at doing what I really loved,” said Sylvia.

The lure of cutting-edge research and partnerships with industry and other universities at CEBC led her to pursue her degree here.  “They are doing fine work in the areas that I’m passionate about in green engineering and they are also finding real solutions to chemical problems,” noted Sylvia whose research focuses on designing benign synthesis methods for ionic liquids. 

Because of her dedication to research and commitment to mentoring young women, Sylvia recently received the 2012 Women’s Recognition Award for Outstanding International Woman Student at KU. She was also invited to tell her story at a KU endowment fund raising event in Kansas City.

Sylvia will graduate with her Ph.D. this summer and begin her career as a chemical engineer at Eli Lily and Company.  “Although her academic journey has not been easy, Sylvia has overcome multiple personal challenges.  She is truly an inspiration for young scientists,” said Claudia Bode, education director at CEBC. 

“I consider the power of knowledge and the ability to pursue an education to the height of one’s dreams a gift. This gift will not only change my life, but the lives of my family members and the many students and colleagues that cross my path,” said Sylvia.

--By Claudia Bode

CEBC Calendar

October 16 & 17, Monday & Tuesday - CEBC Fall Industry Advisory Board Meeting
Final Agenda - click here

Monday 12:00-7:30 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Avenue, Lawrence
Tuesday 8:30-noon at the CEBC Complex, 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence

October 17, Tuesday - CEBC Colloquium
Dr. Henrik Rudolph, Ministry of Defense of The Netherlands
"How to successfully contribute to the world of scientific publishing"

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room

November 7, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. Brandon Emme, Cellulose Team Leader, ICM, Inc.
"Title TBA"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

November 8, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

December 5, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. John Warner, President & Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
"Title TBA"

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

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