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Evelyn Ferwalt ’23 Recognized with Research Initiative Award

March 7, 2022

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Evelyn Ferwalt

Evelyn Ferwalt ’23 of electrical and computer engineering received the runner-up prize, in this year’s Research Initiative Awards, These awards, created by the Friends of University of Rochester Libraries, are given to students working on capstone or independent research projects or senior theses. The awards recognize excellence in the early phases of research, which includes working with faculty and librarians.

Evelyn’s runner-up prize of $500 recognizes her work with Jaime Cardenas, assistant professor of optics, on a project that aims to fuse a photonic integrated chip and an optical fiber, or otherwise demonstrate fiber-to-chip coupling, using only electric-arc methods. “I’ve found that research, in a way, is tracking down who can help you the most,” says Evelyn, “whether that’s a peer connection at a research symposium or the author of a frequently cited paper. In the end, it’s all people helping people, and I want to connect with others as much as I can, which is why I appreciate fiber optics in particular. Working on the technological heart of the internet is my way to help facilitate those relationships.” Learn more

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