Why we give: Annie Warren

Annie is originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota. She is a second year student in the physics undergraduate program and recent recipient of the Craig R. Holt Scholarship, intended to support learning outside of the classroom by sponsoring student research in the field. She has spent the summer working with Professor Alexander McLeod, and his group. “I'm lucky enough to be a part of a new project centered around the growth, study, and eventually the fabrication of devices using some very interesting materials. Specifically TMDs, standing for transition metal dichalcogenides, and particularly molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2). I'm working in the cleanroom here in the Minnesota Nanocenter, where we're able to do the CVD growth necessary to grow these monolayers- rather than relying on the physical exfoliation of a larger crystal.”  Annie says she became interested in this specific area because of her father. “He is a big reason I'm studying physics in the first place! He has always encouraged and nurtured my interest in science. His career specifically involves work with semiconductors and superconducting materials, so I have some familiarity with the subject through him, and I find it to be a fascinating avenue of research."