Exciton Science congratulates PhD student Alison Goldingay on winning the 2021 Dean’s Award for Citizenship and Outreach at the University of Sydney.
Established in 2000 by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, this prize is awarded to postgraduate students who have contributed to the Faculty of Science's non-academic activities and interests.
A member of Exciton Science Chief Investigator Girish Lakhwani’s Molecular Photophysics (MP2) research group, Alison studies optoelectronic processes in organic photovoltaic devices.
She is also investigating the phenomenon of strong light-matter coupling, and is using this to probe photophysical processes occurring within the devices.
She hopes that a greater understanding of these processes will allow researchers to make more efficient organic photovoltaic devices.
Alison has made important contributions to the culture and practices of the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney and Exciton Science through voluntary membership on several committees.
She has undertaken valuable outreach work intended to provide the wider community with insight into renewable energy research and technology development, including reaching the NSW semi-finals of FameLab.
"I am honoured to win this award and be recognised in this way,” Alison said.
“I care a lot about the kind of atmosphere we create in our workplaces and I think it's so important to truly connect with people around me.
“Everyone has a unique story and contribution that they can bring to the table, and by creating welcoming environments we can enable great collaborative atmospheres to take shape.
“This is a great reminder for me and hopefully to others as well that it's always worth putting in effort to support the people around you."