Thank you so much Phi Sigma Rho Foundation for selecting me as the recipient of the 2016 Merit Scholarship. I am beyond grateful for this honor and support as I pursue my Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Joining the sorority my first quarter of my freshman year at the University of Washington (UW) was the best decision of my undergraduate career as my chapter helped me become a stronger leader and scholar. My best memories from Phi Rho were serving as the 2014 PSR Leadership Conference Intern and Mu Chapter President, forming the STEM Outreach Committee, and attending chapter socials, intramurals, and retreats where I got to learn more about and be inspired by my sisters! After graduating from the UW Mu Chapter, I now serve as the Alumna Advisor for UCI Pi Chapter. Thank you again to the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation, UW Mu Chapter, and UCI Pi Chapter for your endless friendship, scholarship, and encouragement!