Metro Fellows

The Metro Fellows are Ph.D. candidates at the Ohio State University in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering who spend an academic year working closely with a Metro teacher in their discipline to augment curriculum and instruction. The candidates are in the dissertation research phase of their graduate programs at OSU and bring a wealth of knowledge, laboratory techniques and practical application of science and engineering principles from their research and coursework at OSU. Fellows also become mentors to Metro students over the academic year as they have an opportunity to share their career pathways in research and advanced study in STEM.

Seth Kurfman

Seth is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At Lincoln, he studied magnetism and electrically controlled magnetic heterostructures under Dr. Christian Binek and worked on the CMS Pixel Detector upgrade for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN under Dr. Aaron Dominguez. He is now a second-year graduate student at Ohio State, pursuing his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, continuing his study of magnetism with organic magnets under Dr. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin. After receiving his Ph.D., Seth would like to be a physics professor at a research institution, where he wants to continue research on magnetism and develop outreach programs to educate and inspire women and underrepresented minorities to become future STEM leaders and researchers.

Lisa Nguyen

Lisa is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Millersville University, where she studied CdSe/ZnS quantum dots for use as biocompatible fluorescent probes under the guidance of Dr. Maria Schiza. She also participated in an REU at the University at Buffalo with Dr. Frank Bright, studying fluorescent surface patterns formed at the interface between porous silicon and indium-gallium eutectic. Interested in light and how it interacts with matter, she selected the Ohio State University for graduate school, knowing their strong spectroscopy facility would be the perfect fit for continued research. At OSU, Lisa has been utilizing ultrafast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR) to monitor shifts in vibrational modes upon photoexcitation of highly colored molecular di-molybdenum compounds and solid-state perovskites in her work with Dr. Terry Gustafson. Her Ph.D. studies aim to understand the fundamental dynamics of light absorption in the femtosecond time regime to advance the solar energy community.

Ross Schwartz

Ross completed a dual undergraduate degree in History and Biology at the Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the evolution, ecology and organismal biology program at OSU, where he is researching the role of metacognition and relevancy in Biology education. He developed a passion for teaching during several college experiences, including work in Americorps, the Ohio State Chemistry department, and contract teaching with the Center for Life Sciences Education and hopes to pursue teaching as a college adjunct professor, tutor, and instructor at the high school level after graduation. Ross is originally from London, Ohio. In his spare time, he enjoys running, computer gaming, traveling, and photography.

Nicholas Wood

Nicholas earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the Ohio State University, where he is now a fourth-year chemical engineering Ph.D. student. His research involves combining mathematics and computer programing to discover new drugs to be used to treat diseases. Previously, drugs were discovered by testing molecules individually until one was found that worked, but computational chemistry has shown that there are an incomprehensible number of possible molecules that could be tested, some estimates as high as 1080! Now, math and computer programs are used to help identify molecules that show the most promise of being effective, and only those are moved forward for testing. Nicholas is a Columbus native. While not involved in research, he enjoys reading, disc golf, singing in the church choir, and spending time with his fiancée.