HAMPTON, Va. (October 16, 2018) - Hampton University physics graduate student, Sahara Jesmin Mohammad Prem Nazeer, is officially the first Hampton University Office of Science Graduate Student Research Awardee.
“Congratulations to Sahara. She has made history by becoming the first to win this award. Her success will truly inspire other students to reach new heights in their academic endeavors,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program prepares graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers. This program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science’s mission. The research is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise and resources available at the DOE labs.
“This research will allow me to develop and maintain cooperative networks and working relationships with supervisors, colleagues and peers with Jefferson Lab. In particular, the GEM detector activities area is an asset with great promise for exchange of experience and expertise, and to solve problems faster,” said Nazeer. “The exposure to the research will help me become well prepared for the challenges and skills needed, including stronger focus on carrier development and integrating practice in to research.”
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with six Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories/facilities. This program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE scientist.
“I am excited to continue my journey in this field in a line of work that truly inspires me. There is so much more for me to learn and I am truly excited,” said Nazeer. “I would like to influence and motivate women in Physics throughout my career. I am a young mother and I’ve realized that life is about the way you react to challenges. I have faced many obstacles, but they have allowed me to have a rewarding path.”