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Kara Gilboy '11

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"Clarkson has been a great fit for me."

For Kara Gilboy '11, working as a research assistant for Professor Evgeny Katz, means getting a first-hand education in exciting, state-of-the-art research.

Under the mentorship of Katz and graduate student Tsz Kin Tam, Kara is learning about modifying surfaces such as glass, silicon wafers and ITO and gold electrodes for polymer immobilization.

She says, "I've also been practicing cyclic voltammetry, which is a type of potentiodynamic electrochemical measurement used to study the electrochemical properties of polymer brushers in different pH solutions."

In addition to developing her research skills, Kara is getting a better understanding of how she might like to focus her own research in the near future. "I know that I definitely want to do my own project, but right now I'm getting to know the lab and looking into what really interests me," she explains.

Kara is involved in activities outside the classroom as well. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Clarkson University Outing Club, and the Ski Club.

She is also looking towards a more distant future. "I already know that after graduation, I want to work in the chemical engineering field, maybe in petroleum," she says. "Then I'm coming back to Clarkson for graduate school!"

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