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Spotlight on Sara Fridovich-Keil: 2016 Goldwater Scholar

Spotlight on Sara Fridovich-Keil: 2016 Goldwater Scholar

Feb. 5, 2020

In 2016 as a sophomore studying electrical engineering at Princeton, I was delighted to learn that I was named a Goldwater Scholar. I have always tried to involve myself in research that I find intellectually enjoyable and that will have a meaningful impact on my field and on society.

In my first two years as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to work with Professor Barry Rand on semiconductor device projects that ranged from fundamental – characterizing the carrier concentration and mobility in thin-film zinc oxide as a function of its growth parameters by atomic layer deposition – to applied – increasing the out-coupling efficiency of an organic light emitting diode by tuning the refractive index of one of its layers. The breadth and depth of these projects, combined with the mentorship of Prof. Rand and the support of the Goldwater scholarship, led me to explore research possibilities in electrical engineering even further. I began to read papers and understand the strengths and limitations of the state of the art in the field, realizing through my research I might be able to address some of the limitations...