Wake Forest senior Angela Harper (Major: physics, Minors: computer science and mathematics) has been named one of 15 Churchill Scholars who will study at the University of Cambridge for the academic year 2017-18. She is the first Wake Forest student to receive this highly selective award.
“I am incredibly honored to represent both Wake Forest as the first Churchill scholar, but also to represent women in STEM fields,” said Harper.
At Cambridge, Harper will complete a one-year M.Phil. in physics, researching lithium ion batteries using computational modeling.
“As we continue to research solar energy, wind power and other forms of renewable energy we need a place to store that power, and lithium ion batteries are one potential way to harness that storage ability.”
At Wake Forest, Harper has done computational biophysics research and experimental work on organic electronics with physics faculty, including professor Oana Jurchescu.
As the president of the Women in STEM organization on campus, she counts as her most important achievements helping to charter the organization and partnering with Northwest Middle School to develop an after-school mentoring program that meets weekly. [ More at Wake Forest News ]