Laura McWilliams, ‘07, Ph.D., will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 22, in Nucor Auditorium.
The lecture, titled “From Lyon to Lasers,” is free and open to the publi. It will focus on McWilliams’ experiences at Lyon College and the path on which these experiences set her.
McWilliams graduated summa cum laude from Lyon with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and a minor in physics. After Lyon, McWilliams spent two years in India, earning her master's in chemistry at Banaras Hindu University, and then went on to earn her doctorate in chemistry at the University of Oregon.
During her graduate studies, McWilliams successfully wrote a grant to the Department of Energy and received $150,000 to fund her thesis research. She also led the Joint Undergrad-Grad Mentorship Program (JUMP), a program designed to help and guide undergraduates interested in the sciences. She recently received funding that will allow the program to expand its reach to more students and mentors.
McWilliams has also authored and co-authored seven peer-reviewed scientific papers, with many more papers in the works.
Beginning in November, McWilliams will be a policy fellow with the California Council on Science and Technology, where she will advise the California legislature on scientific matters.
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