|MIT Department: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Tim Swager
Research Supervisor: Shao-Xiong Lennon Luo
Undergraduate Institution: Case Western Reserve University
My name is Cindy Serena Ngompe Massado (I go by Massado), and I am from Bafoussam, Cameroon. I am a rising senior at Case Western Reserve University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Social Justice. Being someone who thrives on doing interdisciplinary work I value my current position as an undergraduate researcher in the Samia Lab doing nanomaterials research. My particular research interested lie in engineering nanomaterials and nanoparticle surfaces for various applications. My research goals are tied to and driven by my identity, and the issues I care about. My long-term goal, through earning a Ph.D. and going into academia as a researcher, is to build avenues of entry for those that have historically been excluded from or been ignored by these spaces. I feel that not only would this enrich the chemical discipline intellectually, it will make for a healthier, more welcoming research space.