IMMACULATA ONYINYE ONUIGBO

I graduated summa cum laude with a BSc in Petroleum Chemistry from the American University of Nigeria (AUN), having finished as the valedictorian of the AUN Class of 2017 with a CGPA of 3.98/4.0 under a full university scholarship. I held various leadership positions, one of which was serving as the Secretary of the AUN Honor Society. In this position, I worked in a team to organize fundraising events that raised scholarship funds for primary school pupils in Yola, Nigeria. Right before my national service, I interned as an Academic Assistant & Coordinator, Mentorship Programme in the AUN New Foundation School (Chibok Education Initiative). This program caters to the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014. In this role, I worked closely with the students, helping them improve their academic skills and ensured their mentorship program was run effectively. During my service year, I interned at Afrinvest West Africa Limited – a leading indigenous investment banking firm in Lagos. I also contributed to the advancement of education among secondary schools in the Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA by supplementing the teaching efforts of the teaching staff and helping the students in exam classes in my capacity as the Vice President, Education Community Development Service (CDS) Group. I am also a recipient of the Young Achievers Nigeria Award in 2018 as the “Female Champion of Academic Excellence of the Year (Academics Category)”. In my current role as a Research Assistant, my projects are focused majorly on energy transition towards low carbon future and sustainable carbon recycle. I have 3 international journal publications and another 3 papers under peer review. I was selected as an EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Scholar in 2019 and through the guidance and mentorship of the EducationUSA Advisers (Lagos), I secured fully funded Chemistry Ph.D. scholarships into four R1 universities in the US. I will be attending the Ohio State University in Columbus where I plan to pursue research in Organic Material Electrosynthesis.