Meet Marvin Stewart, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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Name: Marvin Stewart

Hometown: St. Francisville, LA

Undergraduate Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana

Undergraduate Degree: Chemistry

Year in graduate school: 3rd Year

Research Advisor: Dr. Semin Lee

Research Topic: Ligand design for alkyne metathesis 

Honors & Awards: Summer internship with Owens Corning 

Plans after doctorate: I am not sure what the future holds for me, but I intend to learn as much as I can throughout this process, while being a positive role model in my community.

I want to thank Dr. Tyrslai Williams-Carter, and Dr. Warner of the BD fellowship program for their guidance and continuous encouragement along this journey. I would also like to thank my advisor, and Dr. Richard Thompson of the Lee group for allowing me to volunteer in their lab before being accepted into the PhD program. They have taught me so much, and I’m grateful for all of the opportunities that they bestowed upon me.

Advice for future STEM students:
My advice would be to follow their passion, and never give up. Coming from an education background, teaching math in Baker School district, I often felt that it was too late for me to pursue a doctoral degree. Dr. Lee, and the BD fellowship program helped me to tap into my full potential, and for that I will be forever grateful.