CEI Graduate Fellow Shua Sanchez is exploring the frontiers of new materials while striving for justice in his community
Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Shua Sanchez’s exposure to science and university research was limited. At a young age, he became aware of climate change and read widely about ways to combat it, but it took until his final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for him to decide on a career in the field.
Along the winding path of post-secondary education, Sanchez found his footing as a scholar and scientist. He graduated in summer 2021 from the University of Washington (UW) with his PhD in physics, including a year of research as a Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Graduate Fellow, worked at Argonne National Laboratory with support from the from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program, and has recently accepted a National Science Foundation (NSF) postdoctoral fellowship for a research position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alongside Professor Riccardo Comin. Ultimately, he aims to become a physics professor where he can pursue the frontiers of energy science and advocate for underrepresented students.
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