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Rhonda Hillbery

Rhonda Hillbery writes for the Department of Chemistry.

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Robert Nshimiyimana
Robert Nshimiyimana will continue his organic chemistry research as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School after receiving his PhD with the USC Dornsife Class of 2020. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Nshimiyimana)

USC Dornsife PhD graduate feels a responsibility to others

Deeply affected as a child by the Rwandan genocide, Robert Nshimiyimana volunteers to help the underserved, works to make compounds that may reduce harmful inflammation — and hopes one day to help his home nation reach its full, unified potential.

USC Sloan Fellow sustainable energy research
Chemist Smaranda Marinescu, left, studies methods of storing energy from sunlight and other renewable sources. She recently received a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. (USC Photo/Rhonda Hillbery)

Childhood love of chemistry leads to large-scale energy research and coveted Sloan Fellowship

After being inspired by science as a child in Romania, Smaranda Marinescu draws inspiration from nature to develop efficient and inexpensive catalysts for harnessing energy from renewable sources.