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NSF GRFP winners, Pedro Trinidad-Perez, Jo Laura, and Isis Carmona-Sepulveda

Congratulations GREaT GradS Alumni!! 

2022 GREaT GradS alumni and 2023 mentors received 2024 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards.

Jo LauraJo Laura - Josh Robinson Lab

In the J.A. Robinson group, I focus on the synthesis of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides for optoelectronic applications. I’m particularly interested in studying the effects of atomic-scale defects introduced by substitutional dopants. My experience in the GG program served as one of the best introductions to graduate school that I could have asked for. I was able to get acclimated to the area, form new connections, and learn to anticipate the highs and lows of what grad school throws your way. I deeply value the friendships I’ve made through GG, both within my cohort and the from my capacity as a GG mentor.


IsisIsis Carmona-Sepúlveda - Julie Fenton Lab

My current research is focused on exploratory synthesis and crystal growth of complex hybrid organic-inorganic systems.I had a great experience in the GREaT GradS program, both as a mentee and as a mentor. Starting with my rotations while having valuable professional development workshops was the highlight of my time as a GREaT Grad. It significantly helped having a smoother transition to grad school. In fact, it was during that time where I first started to get prepared for the NSF-GRFP! Being a mentor was great as well -- I’m glad I could help the GG program from another perspective, specifically serving as a resource to other students during this new step in their lives.


Pedro Trinidad-PerezPedro Trinidad-Perez - Jim Hodges Lab

My research focuses on controlled synthesis and crystal growth of novel materials systems for thermoelectric applications. During my time in GREaT GradS I was able to meet other students from my cohort and other departments, where we were able to support each other transition and acclimate into graduate school. It also provided me valuable time to find my current research group and start doing research before classes started.