Grad student Jonathan Hightower wins Best Poster award in national competition
In the first annual Collaborative Research Poster Competition hosted by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), Jonathan Hightower, a graduate student in the laboratory of Aravind Asthagiri, won Second Place for Best Poster.
The competition, held via Zoom on May 27, 2021 at Hampton University, featured invited graduate students and undergraduate students with research experience from NOBCChE Collaborative member institutions majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering. From this group of submissions, students were then selected to participate in the competition. Research Poster Competition Awards were $300 for first place, $250 for second place, and $200 for third place.
Hightower's winning research topic was "Nitrogen – Doped Carbon Nanostructures as Electrocatalysts For Bromine Evolution Reaction." The poster is pictured below.
Hightower, who expects to soon complete his Ph.D., plans to pursue a career in industry, working on the business side of the research, development, and innovation of catalytic materials and energy technologies.
The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) seeks to build an eminent cadre of successful diverse global leaders in STEM by nurturing students' academic, research and professional development and providing leadership opportunities throughout the life cycle of their careers.