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My Interview by Georgetown University on Visa Issue as a Science PhD Student

October 25, 2013

    This is a short interview by Georgetown University on the issue of immigration and residency status of international students and scholars associated with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The interview is one of the three which were posted on GU Office of Federal Relations Website – “Speaking Out for Georgetown on Immigration Reform”.

Earlier this year, the immigration bill was proposed. There have been lots of debates from both sides. To support international students and scholars, Georgetown University interviewed some students and researchers who have been doing important work which may have great impact to the society. I am honored to be one of them and had the opportunity to show my work in the lab.

I have been working on several projects. The one on small gold and silver nanoparticles for molecular electronics was funded by NSF and is currently in renewal. Our lab is one of the major players in this field and has published a series of high impact papers on top scientific journals. A few months ago, my mentor was invited to write a book chapter for Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to demonstrate our contribution to this field. I am very honored having contributed for this and became a co-author. In July, our lab had two attendees to present on an international conference where only 40 scientists and students from all over the world attend in nanoparticle research. (See “A Brief Note for ISMPC13”)

The second part of my work, the synthesis of shape-controlled nanoparticles as fuel cell and battery catalysts, has been funded by DOE for quite some years and just got renewed earlier this year. My mentor is an expert in this field and hosted an International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) annual meeting at Georgetown in 2012.

The potential medical application that I talked about in the interview is a promising, though still yet to be implemented application. However, there have been some efforts on using gold and silver nanoparticles as drug carriers and therapeutic agents.

All of these above is to say that a lot of important and meaningful work is being carried out by international students and scholors like myself and many of my colleagues. Most of them work very hard and have made great achievements that can change people’s lives. If they have a more secure and worry-free residency status, they would be able to focus on their research and continue to contribute excellent work. Undoubtedly, it’s a win-win situation for the society and the person.

Link to the video on the Office of Federal Relations: http://federalrelations.georgetown.edu/video/yangwei-liu-h1b.html

Link to the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTQj8wHXuFI

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