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