Honorable Mention - Rongrong Cheacharoen

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Undergraduate Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Determining the best way to test a new material is a crucial early step along the path of scientific discovery. This silicon oxide gel, seen here as a fractured pink film, can be used to coat incredibly small materials prior to testing. For example, by protecting one half of a nanowire, researchers can change the conditions surrounding only the other side, allowing them to compare the two.