deserving students were chosen as winners of the Elmer Carvey Scholarship
for 2022, Meagan Hill and Alexis Mojica.
is a Senior at UC Riverside, where she is majoring in Materials Science and
Engineering. Besides excelling academically, she is performing
undergraduate research with Professor Ludwig Bartels, a chemist studying
surfaces, 2D and 1D materials for microelectronic and catalytic
applications. Ms. Hill is working on the deposition of thin MoTe2
films for electronic applications. To enable her research, she has become proficient
in sample preparation and various analytical techniques including Raman
Spectroscopy, AFM, XRD, XPS, and SEM/EDS.
has found time to contribute in leadership
positions of student chapters of the Society of Hispanic Professional
Engineers and the Materials Research Society. She is a member of MacREU, which promotes research experience for
graduates, Ms. Hill intends to work in the semiconductor industry or in a
related field that also involves vacuum processing and deposition of
Mojica is a Sophomore at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, where she is majoring
in Chemistry. She is participating in an undergraduate research project
with Professor Leslie Hamachi, a chemist studying organic materials and
nanomaterials. Ms. Mojica’s research involves developing covalent organic
frameworks (COFs), which are porous crystalline polymers that are useful in
gathering dissolved substances as a condensed layer on their surface. These
COFs are expected to be useful in water purification, acid sensing paint,
and battery technology. She is becoming proficient in several analytical
techniques to characterize the reaction products, including Dynamic Light
Scattering, FTIR, and SEM.
Mojica also donates her time to organize club retreats and plan fundraisers
and other events for the Pilipino Cultural Exchange, and as well as being
involved in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed national service fraternity.
Mojica intends to continue doing organic materials research in graduate
school to prepare for a career in the chemical industry.
Elmer Carvey Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Elmer Carvey,
an active member of the SCCAVS from 1964 until 1982. The Scholarship is
awarded to undergraduate students attending public, four-year colleges in
California who are planning careers in areas of interest to the society,
which include vacuum-related technologies, surface and thin film science,
nanotechnology, the understanding of materials properties, and the
development of new materials. The stipend is $1,500.00 for one year.
application for the 2023-2024 school year is available here: