Hello, fellow Gates Scholars! Born and raised in New York, I completed my BS in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and am now going into the third year of my PhD at Cambridge (in Materials Science and Metallurgy). My research focus is inexpensive solar cells, which absorb light and convert it directly to electricity. As you might already know, the solar cells you find on the market today are too expensive to be cost-competitive with coal-based electricity, so we are trying to develop alternatives (ask me about this!). I also play rugby on the Cambridge Blues squad and encourage all who are interested to consider giving it a go! It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of new people and try playing a sport that is probably brand new to you.