Essance Leigh Ray

University of Washington, Class of 2020
Major: BS Chemistry and BS Bio-Resource Science and Engineering

Essance Ray graduated from Columbia High School and Columbia Basin College in Wallula, WA in 2015. During high school she actively participated in Drama Club, FFA, Volleyball, Wrestling, Track, and Knowledgeable. In UW, she is currently active in Aikido club and TAPPI club.

Education, Honors, and Awards

  • Dean’s List: Autumn 2018, Winter and Spring 2019
  • BSE Academic scholarship 2015-present
  • Trippeer Foundation scholarship 2015-present
  • Girl Scouts: Bronze and Silver Awards, GS Cookie scholarship 2016
  • GenOM ALVA Intern, Summer 2015
  • Columbia Basin College graduate with High Honors, 2015
  • Valedictorian for Columbia High School 2015
  • Academic Scholar for Columbia High School Awarded, 2015
  •  Undergraduate Research-Grant Lab, 2014-2015    
  • President's List for Columbia Basin College 2014-2015
  • Lamp of Learning for Columbia High School Awarded, 2014
  • Dean's List for Columbia Basin College, 2013
  • Honor Roll for Columbia High School 2011-2013

Research Interests

As a Clean Energy ALVA intern during the summer of 2015, Essance worked in the Xu Lab. Her research focused on the fabrication of a MoSe and WSe heterostructure that could be tested for later application in solar cells, LEDs, or information storage.

As of current, she has continued research in the Xu Lab, continuing work with 2D materials. The current projects focus on characterization and angle-induced super conduction of twisted WSe 2 homo-bilayers and fabrication of a metal mask with nanometer size holes to isolate defect features in semiconductor WSe 2 devices.

Essance is intending to apply to graduate schools in the fall to pursue her PhD in material science once she graduates.

Research Projects

  • Fabrication of MoSe2 and WSe2 Heterostructure

  • Published Paper: Kyle L. Seyler, Pasqual Rivera, Hongyi Yu, Nathan P. Wilson, Essance L. Ray, David G. Mandrus, Jiaqiang Yan, Wang Yao, Xiaodong Xu. Signatures of moiré-trapped valley excitons in MoSe2/WSe2 heterobilayers. Nature 2019, 567 (7746), 66-70. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-0957-1.
  • Author in another paper under review.

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