Carnegie Mellon University
PITTSBURGH- The Carnegie Science Center has announced that Danielle Chirdon, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded Carnegie Science Awards. Chirdon will receive the University/Post-Secondary Student Award at a banquet on May 8.

Chirdon, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and a Department of Energy Fellow, was recognized for her research in inorganic chemistry and her outreach work with K-12 students. In the lab of Chemistry Professor Stefan Bernhard, Chirdon conducts research on organic solar cells, the photogeneration of hydrogen and rechargeable flow batteries. She has co-authored 10 scientific papers, including one in the journal Inorganic Chemistry, the premier periodical in her field.

Chirdon founded and is co-president of Future Leaders in Science, an organization that provides outreach opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in Carnegie Mellon's Mellon College of Science. Future Leaders in Science helps to prepare Carnegie Mellon students for their future careers by developing their leadership and communication skills and their commitment to service. The group also gives back to the community through programs that by engaging K-12 students in STEM activities. Chirdon is also an active participant in DNAZone, the outreach program of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology

Read the full press release on Carnegie Mellon's Department of Chemistry website