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First Lecture Series with Emily Jarvis, Ph.D.

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Emily Jarvis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, discusses stored energy from solar power.

Emily Jarvis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, discusses stored energy from solar power.

Imagine the sun being our sole provider for unlimited sustainable fuel. This concept of stored energy from solar power is what excites Emily Jarvis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Jarvis studies the process of photosynthesis and applies it to her work with fossil fuels and sustainable fuels. To learn more about her research into fuel creation and storage, watch this informative video.

At freshmen orientation 2016, incoming students got a taste of some of the research topics that fuel Seaver faculty members. Dubbed the “First Lecture Series,” faculty members from different disciplines spoke about why they love their field, what topics of research intrigue them, and what types of projects they are working on.

Why is research important to students? Research is a staple of the Seaver student experience. It helps students grow as scholars and as individuals. From the moment they are accepted to the university, students are encouraged to participate in research.