Spotlight on Lindsay Wills

Lindsay Wills is a Ph.D. student in Paul Cheong’s research group at Oregon State University (OSU) studying materials chemistry using computational techniques. She is the CSMC Director of Education and Outreach. She received her B.S. in chemistry and applied physics from a fellow CSMC institution, the University of Oregon (UO).

As both a graduate and undergraduate student, Lindsay has demonstrated leadership and commitment to education and outreach efforts. She was inspired to become involved in outreach and education programs based on her positive experiences with outreach programs as a child. A native Oregonian, she participated in many OSU summer camps as a child and hopes to see these types of programs continued for today’s youth (STEM Academy, Discovery Days, AWSEM Club for Girls, SPICE Camp). She has been instrumental in leading and organizing CSMC outreach and informal education efforts at local schools, museums, online, and at various universities. In working with students at local schools, she hopes she can help inspire the next generation of students, particularly girls, to become interested in careers in science. She is also an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Science Communication Fellow who has contributed to bringing the fellowship training program to OSU.

In research, Lindsay studies the precursor materials that CSMC uses for deposition of thin films. Specifically, she studies the aqueous solutions of metal clusters (metal ions linked via oxo and/or hydroxo ligands dissolved in water) to understand the formation of specific cluster species and to understand the properties of different clusters. She is particularly interested in how theory and computations can be used to predict the behavior of these clusters to design better materials with less experimentation at the lab bench.

Lindsay has also been heavily involved in leadership activities for the Oregon State University chemistry department, co-founding a mentoring initiative designed to help undergraduate students, the Chemistry Undergraduate Mentorship and Empowerment Initiative (ChUME), and organizing graduate student involvement in recruiting efforts for the graduate program.