Sasan Shadpour, a doctoral student in chemical physics, was one of thirteen advanced doctoral students awarded the University Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read further to learn more about his research, future goals and Kent State experience.
- Please give a short overview of your research.
My research study in soft-condensed matter (liquid crystal medium) is focused on self-assembly of achiral and chiral molecules structure and physical properties forming in hierarchical assemblies – for instance helixes, spirals, etc. – at different levels from nano- to micro-scales.
- What made you choose to pursue your graduate degree here at Kent State?
The Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State provided the interdisciplinary program where students with different backgrounds could get together and conduct ground-breaking research under the supervision of world-renowned scholars in the field.
- What do you enjoy most about attending Kent State for graduate school?
What I enjoy the most at Kent State is how helpful everyone is on campus. No matter what problem you might have, they have already found the solution for you. They are always there for all graduate students.
- What are your future goals?
My goal is to continue doing my research to address a fundamental scientific concept as well as fill the needs of the industry.
- What does this award mean to you and how will it aid you?
I am very honored to be chosen for this fellowship among all the other amazing candidates. The entire experience has been a big confidence booster. Undoubtedly, this award will help me tackle more fundamental scientific problems and questions as well as help me to have enough time to write and defend my thesis.