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Betty Hu Columbia University  A next-generation system for artificially engineering quantum materials by molecular beam epitaxy 
  Mark Marsalis  Texas Tech University  Seeing and building 3D structures from 2D materials 
  Arthur McCray  Carleton College  Understanding nanostructured materials atom-by-atom using scanning transmission electron microscopy 
  Cameron Ruhl  Dickinson College  Structural and Electrical Characterization of Oxide Thin Films Grown by Molecular-Beam Epitaxy 
   Nicolo Zulaybar Stanford University Synthesis and Characterization of the Next Generation of Electronic Crystalline Matter


Daniel Bouman  CSU Fullerton  Design and Manipulation of Ferroelectric Domains in BaTiO3 Thin-Films
  Kaynan (Kay) Goldberg  North Carolina State University  Compositional Analysis of Off-Stoichiometric Multiferroic LuMnO3 and Electrode Nanopatterning of (SrTiO3)n (BaTiO3)1 SrO Thin Films
  Morgan Grandon  Truman State University  Electrical and Structural Characterization of Superconducting Ruthenate Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) Thin Films 
  Jacob Waelder  University of Washington  Tracking atoms in 2D materials using subatomic electron beams 
  Heather Calcaterra  University of Michigan Probing Single Crystal Growth Experimentally and through Computational Simulations
  Maggie Anderson  The California Institute of Technology Characterization of Multiferroic Thin Films Generated with Molecular Beam Epitaxy
  Vibha Vijayakumar  Stanford University Investigation of Ferroelectric Properties of Oxide Superlattices at Low Temperatures: How do Strain, Dimensionality, and Polarization Compete in the Low-Dimensional Structure, (SrTiO3)n(BaTiO3)mSrO?


Miguel Castro-Rivera   University of Puerto Rico   Understanding the Structure of Germanium Sulfide (GeS)
  Anthony Coleman   Chicago State University STEM Imaging and Composition Mapping of Multiferroic Oxides
  Stephanie Eberly   North Carolina State University   Implementing a Functional ARPES System
  Iryna Glushchenko   Princeton University    Investigating the Structure of Multiferroic Oxides with STEM Imaging and Diffraction Mapping
  Cesar Lema   New York University   Growing and Characterizing Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (2D TMDs) Materials for PARADIM Users
  Marcus Marracci   California State University Fullerton   Growing and Designing 2D Transition Metal Dichalogenide (2D-TMDC) Materials for PARADIM Users
  Ken Ho   Cornell   Automating a Cryogenic Transport System for Measuring Quantum Materials
  Yonghun Lee   Cornell   Non-Equilibrium Investigations of Canted Antiferromagnet Under Flowing Electrical Current
  Cyrus Zeledon  Cornell   Spin-Orbit Torques from SrRuO3-SrIrO3 Epitaxial Heterostructure
  Will Zhang   Cornell   Development of a Multipurpose Ultrahigh Vacuum System for Electrical and Optical Measurements of Surface-Modified Quantum Materials
  Zak Kennedy Georgia Institute of Technology  High Dynamic Gas Pressure Single Crystal Growth
  Jessica Zahn Sewanee University of the South Systematic Floating Zone Single Crystal Growth for Machine Learning Objectives  
  Michael Straker Morgan Sate Unversity Crystal Growth and Characterization of Boron Carbide


 Jonathan Ortiz New Mexico State Univ. Improving the Capabilities of PARADIM’s MBE Hardware
  Priscila Santiesteban  Coe College Understanding the structure of IV-VI semiconductors
  Jarek Viera University of North Georgia Growing 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (2D-TMDC) Materials for PARADIM Users
  Samuel Straney College of Nanoscale Engineering, Albany Growing 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenide (2D-TMDC) Materials for PARADIM Users
  Caroline Fedele University North Florida Electrical and Structural Characterization of Superconducting Ruthenate Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) Thin Films
  Oluchi Onwuvuche University of District of Columbia Growth of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Superstructures with Conducting Interfaces
  Phoebe Appel Purdue Automation of Floating Zone Processes using Data Analytics 
  Julia Trowbridge Colorada State University Crystal Growth of “Active Substrates” for Quantum Material Thin Films


Rachael Keneipp University of Pennsylvania Atomic-scale control and atomic-resolution identification of superconducting thin films and interfaces
  Sophia Madelone Polytechnic Institute of New York University Designing and Building Mechanical Parts for MOCVD Facility
  Patrick Singleton Harvard University  Characterization of epitaxial oxide pyrochlores with unusual physical properties for novel electronic applications
  Chase Hanson Arizona State University Atomic and Electronic Structure of Nickelate Superconductors
  Joseph Dil University of Minnesota Design of an Improved Ozone Injector Nozzle for Oxide Molecular-Beam Epitaxy
  Jessica Dong Harvard University  Development of a next-generation Ultra-High Vacuum electrical transport system at PARADIM
  Zubia Hansan Johns Hopkins  Effect of Strain on the Atomic, Electronic, and Vibrational Properites of RuO2
  Jacob Steele Carnegie-Mellon University Understanding the Nucleation Kinetics of Ga2O Suboxide MBE by RHEED Intensity Data Analysis
  William Taranta Cornell University Using machine learning to quantify the symmetry breaking of STM twisted bilayer graphene data
  Boris Tsang  Cornell University Simulation of ARPES spectra of quantum materials
  Bryce Coyne Occidental College Screening of MnBi2Te4 as an axiom insulator through electronic structure calculations
  Deidre Grogan  Morgan State University Building open training stacks for image segmentation of boron carbide experiments.
  Morgan Fernandez  Bryn Mawr College Laue interfacing moving parts with computer and writing program to give real life data about position and how to move crystals. 
  Jason Zhang  Johns Hopkins Understanding the fermionic physics of double-Dirac materials and its physical property characterizations


Nimit Mishra UC Riverside/UCLA Atomic Properties of Hexagonal Boron Nitride from First Principles
  Hannah Porter Harvey Mudd College  Probing structural and electronic phases in novel infinite-layer nickelate thin films with atomic resolution
  Jessica Show Harvey Mudd College Characterization of epitaxial oxides on fluorite substrates for novel electronic applications
  Alex Kurland Cornell University  Design of in situ Shadow Mask for Molecular Beam Epitaxy
  Lanette Espinosa California State University-Fullerton Probing 2-dimensional quantum materials at the atomic scale with scanning transmission electron microscopy
  Nathaniel Luis Harvey Mudd College Determination of the influence of non-stoichiometry and disorder on superconductivity and spectral characteristics in a high-temperature superconductor.
  Sarah Uttormark St. Olaf College Ab initio study of mismatch layered superconductors
  Avery Lenihan Western Kentucky University  Streaming by Design: A new paradigm to optimize the PARADIM data ecosystem
  Muchiri Mbugua University of Maryland, Baltimore County Development of New High Pressure Laser Pedestal Synthesis Capabilities
  Megan Michaud Clarkson University  Tunable spin splitting in the two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides. 
  Luc Capaldi The University of Vermont Development High Pressure Floating Zone Materials
  Beatriz Avila-Rimer CalTech Characterizing lattice and electronic Structure in narrow gap semiconductors with cryogenic scanning transmission electron microscopy
  Sean Chang CalTech  Structural and Electrical Properties of Dysprosium Barium Copper Oxide (DyBa2Cu3O7-δ) Thin Films


Ethan Ray Georgia Tech Growth and Characterization of Ferroelectric KTaO3 Films and KTaO3/KNbO3 Superlattices.
  Anna Capuano RPI Development of real-time integration tools for the comparison of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) data and density functional theory (DFT) band structure predictions.
  Xu Qing UCLA Characterization of untwined epitaxial PdCoO2 and its electronic structure study
  Jayda Shine (PREM) CAU/ Spelman  Can BaFe12O19 be Transmuted into a Room-Temperature Ferrimagnetic Ferroelectric?
  Yacob Melman Clarkson  Quasi-2D metallic oxides with electrical conductivities rivaling copper and silver
  Kevin Hernandez  UC Berkley Tracking a metal-insulator transition in a ruthenate thin film with cryo-STEM
  Evan Krysko Penn State  Characterization of ruthenate thin films to check for unconventional topological superconductivity and optical transparency
  Ciaran Mackenzie Alfred State Toward ⍺-(AlxGa1-x)2O3 By Suboxide MBE
  Reid Markland Auburn University Emergent Topological and Hierarchical Ordered Structures (ETHOS)
  Jordan Brown (PREM) Clark Atlanta University Electronic and vibrational properties of electron-doped transition-metalnitride halidesRNX(R= Zr, Hf andX= Cl, Br, I) from first principles
  Saisrinivas Gudivada UC Berkley Integration of density functional theory band structure calculations withangle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy
  Nicholas Redwing  Penn State  (5-week research, 5-week shadowing in MBE)
  Erdem Ozdemir University of Michigan  Microwave Activation of Semiconductor Dopants
  Joey Lin Cornell Millimeter-wave Electrical Permittivity of Semiconductors and Insulators
  Catherine Philips Harvey Mudd Creating the Materials Innovation Infrastructure of MGI 2.0: Streaming by design for materials characterization
  Abby Neill University of Texas Development and Construction of New High Pressure and Temperature Capabilities
  Morgan Dierolf Penn State New Qubit Host Materials for Quantum Information Science and Engineering
  Bianca Brown (PREM) Clark Atlanta University Development of Novel Polar and Ferroelectric Substrates for Heterostructure Integration
  Julia Camacho Wejbrandt Johns Hopkins Creating the Materials Innovation Infrastructure of MGI 2.0: Streaming by design for materials characterization 
  Sam Dawley Johns Hopkins Creating the Materials Innovation Infrastructure of MGI 2.0: Streaming by design for materials characterization
  Christian Johnson (Shadow) Clark Atlanta University (13 days shadowing experience)