Shi ’19 wins national science comms match

Sue Shi ‘19 was named the winner of the 2019 National Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition at the Museum of Science, Boston.

The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, has announced that Sue Shi ’19 has won the 2019 National Quantum Matters Science Communication Competition.

Shi and the other three finalists competed to present the most creative interpretations of quantum mechanical ideas before an audience of museum visitors and a panel of expert judges on April 6.

Shi, a physics major who is minoring in math, presented on “Quantum Dot Solar Panels.”

The competition is in its second year, but this is the first year that submissions were accepted nationally and from Canada. It was supported by the National Science Foundation through Harvard University’s Center for Integrated Quantum Materials.

Shi was the only undergraduate finalist for the competition. She presented along with other finalists Gideon Bass, lead scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, Aditya Jain, Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and Calvin Leung, doctoral candidate at MIT.

The competition was evaluated by professors from MIT and Harvard and a senior science writer from PBS.

Shi and Leung were chosen as the audience choice award winners by museum visitors, who texted their votes.

“Through the Quantum Matters competition, we invited researchers to help us explore new ways to inspire young people and share with broader audiences some of the excitement surrounding the current surge in quantum science and technology research,” said Carol Lynn Alpert, director of strategic projects at the Museum of Science and codirector of the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials.

“Our four finalists developed unique and creative ways to explain complex quantum mechanical behaviors to a family audience through story, analogy and game-making, and they also showed why we should care about the work being done,” she said.

The Museum of Science is one of the world’s largest science centers. It introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K–12 curricula.


Related News

Darby Dyar, blond white woman in blue sweater seated at desk with three computer monitors and charts on the wall.

Life on Venus?

Mount Holyoke’s Darby Dyar talked to The Wall Street Journal about the recent discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere.

This is a Zoom panel featuring Andre White and the other presenters and moderator for the “Beyond the PhD: Neuro Careers in Academia, Policy, and Industry” panel.

Black in Neuro Week takes on career advice

Mount Holyoke professor André White spoke on the importance of engaging in mentorship, developing networks and being a “beacon” for those who come next.

Elizabeth K. Markovits, Professor of Politics; Director of First-Year Seminars; Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Lessons from Oedipus

Ancient Greek mythology sheds light on present-day travails.

Heather Pon-Barry sitting on the floor with a small, humanoid robot.

The key to STEMtastic robot tutors? Dialogue.

Heather Pon-Barry received the prestigious CAREER award for her work in developing educational — and socially intelligent — robots.

This is the National Endowment for the Humantities' logo.

NEH awards fellowship to Jessica Maier

Mount Holyoke Associate Professor of Art History Jessica Maier has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Find more stories >