Young Lab Outreach



Professor Young has signed on as a faculty mentor for the Chemisty Women Mentorship Nework (Chem WMN). Chem WMN seeks to create a network of women in academic chemistry to provide support, encouragement and mentorship for young women considering careers in academia.

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Professor Young has developed a fun, challenging, and age appropriate experimental protocol for Science Buddies based on her post-doctoral research involving the cobalt-based water oxidation catalyst. Science Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to reaching out to middle school and high school students to generate excitement about cutting-edge science. Science Buddies provides students with free science fair project ideas and project guides, answers to challenging science questions and tools to help students succeed in science. It is reasonable to expect that the new Project Idea will be used by several thousand students within just a few months of publication.

    Project Title: Water to Fuel to Water: The Fuel Cycle of the Future



Dr. Young mentored Tyrslai Williams (Southern University) on independent research projects at MIT during the Summer of 2010 pertaining to the NSF ACC-F funded research that focused on integration of a water oxidation catalyst with thin film metal electrodes (Summer 2010)

Dr Young served as a mentor for a high school student, Ruby Lee, in performing experiments associated with her participation in the CATALYST program. CATALYST operates as part of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Gifted Education and receives funding from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The project involved design and construction of dye-sensitized solar cells for incorporation into a fuel cell (AY 2007-2008).