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Westlake High Graduate Picks Particles Apart At Cornell University

Elizabeth Pogue said with her second research grant, the possibilities are 'endless.'

graduate Elizabeth “Lisa” Pogue has an extremely bright future ahead of her. Now in her junior year at Cornell University, she has received her second grant from the Intel Foundation.

Her grant of $3,370 is part a total grant of $1.4 million from Intel for the Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance. Pogue is one of 20 engineering students to receive one for their research. Hers will focus on “Transport of Matter and Charge Transition Metal-Containing Orthosilicates."

Pogue explained, “Particles travel at different rates and in many different directions. We are studying the effect diffusion and electric conductivity have on particles. This is a trend that may or may not continue and it’s exciting to do the research.” 

Pogue, daughter of Westlake residents Daniel and Gail Pogue and grandaughter of Astrid Woehler, said that this is only the beginning of the research.

“We are still in the fundamental stages of this study, and in the fall we will begin to go into more detail with it," she said. "From what we’ve gathered so far, the possibilities are endless. There are so many directions we can go in with this subject.”

Pogue knew from a very young age that science and engineering were her calling.  She read all types of science magazines while growing up, and was inspired by a talk at NASA where fellow Cornell graduate Don Thomas intensified her interest. He was part of the reason she wanted to attend the university, though she still checked out other schools.

“I made sure to thoroughly examine different campuses before deciding on Cornell,” Pogue said.  “I love how down to earth everyone is there, and we all help each other out in class and research projects.  It’s the perfect atmosphere for learning, making everyone more comfortable in their surroundings.”

Lisa also plans on attending grad school after graduation, though she is not completely sure of her exact field of study.  “There are so many things that interest me about engineering and science that I don’t want to limit myself yet.  During my next year of classes I’ll begin to narrow down my choices, but for now I’m enjoying the variety.”

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