RA Teacher, Shannon Knight Awarded at Science Conference in France

RA Chemistry Teacher, Ms. Knight Awarded at France Science Conference
Posted on 04/11/2018
Ms. Knight & Dr. Kolasinski with Award-Winning Poster

La Grande Motte, France – For the past 20 years, the Porous Semiconductors - Science and Technology (PSST) Conference has been held in Spain. This March marked the first time that this prestigious conference would be held in France and high school chemistry teacher, Shannon Knight was proud and delighted to be among the presenters. Ms. Knight presented research involving microscale surface science, Crystallographically Defined Silicon Macropore Membranes.

During the PSST awards gala, Ms. Knight was awarded “Best Poster”. This achievement is remarkable not only because of the sheer number of poster submissions but also that this was the very first time someone who is not a PhD, Post Doc, or PhD student has received this award.

For four years, Ms. Knight had been working on research in connection with her undergraduate physical chemistry professor, Dr. Kurt Kolasinki (pictured at left with Ms. Knight), who asked if she wanted to travel along to present the research on which she had been specifically focusing. In order to be approved to become a presenter, Ms. Knight was then required to submit an abstract to the PSST conference officials.

PSST is a singular international conference entirely dedicated to porous semiconductors, with emphasis on their preparation, their fundamental properties and their application in electronics, sensing, micro-systems, energy, and life sciences. The 2018 event ran March 11th through 6th with more than 22 countries represented, including 62 oral presentations and over 120 poster presentations.

Ms. Knight said that she was very excited for this opportunity to present the research that she had been working on for so long. “It is such a unique opportunity to travel to a different country with scholars from so many different countries. I was excited to be exposed to the different conference topics and to further my knowledge in chemistry based off of the specific foci”.

To help fund her trip abroad, Ms. Knight also received a $1500 grant from the American Chemical Society (through the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grant). She was one of only 80 chemistry teachers in the nation to receive this award which is to assist teachers to improve professional skills, as well as enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in their classrooms.

Ms. Knight said, “I am hoping to share some information with my students, but more importantly I want to show our RA students how meaningful and beneficial it is to stay in contact with past mentors/teachers because you never know what opportunities could arise from it.”