Sophie E. Miller, a chemical engineering major at Stanford University, is one of 14 Americans "of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement" who have been awarded Churchill Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge for one year.
She plans to pursue an MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology by research under the supervision of Dr. David Fairen-Jimenez, Royal Society University Research Fellow and head of the Adsorption and Advanced Materials Lab. Her proposed project involves testing the in vivo and in vitro performance of selected metal-organic frameworks – a novel family of nanoporous materials – as drug delivery agents for cancer therapeutics.
The scholarship funds up to one year of graduate study, and covers all university and college fees at Cambridge and Churchill College. Churchill Scholars also receive living and travel allowances, and are offered special research grants to cover travel for presentations at international conferences and other activities.
As an undergraduate, Miller's research focused on polymer science and organic electronic materials, but she is "looking forward to exploring the more biomedical applications of chemical engineering next year." Miller says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue her passion for new cutting-edge research at Cambridge, meet fellow Churchill Scholars, get to know new students and faculty, and travel around the United Kingdom and Europe.