ODI Scholar Anna Dorfi
Awarded a Fulbright
When asked what research she will be doing on her Fulbright Full Grant, Anna Dorfi’s answer might only be clear to someone who understands her major, Chemical Engineering: she is investigating photonic and phonic topological insulating materials. Fortunately, Anna offers a layman’s explanation of her research – she will be working on creating metacrystals that will have innovative thermal and electrical properties useful to superconduction and efficient energy conversion. Her studies will be carried out in in Mainz, Germany where she will be working at the Johannes Gutenberg Universitat under the guidance of Professor A.K Tremel.
Anna came to The Ohio State University on a Morrill Scholarship as a Distinction Scholar, one of the premier merit-based scholarships in the United States. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s (ODI) Morrill Scholars Program (MSP) rewards academically exceptional students who are actively engaged in diversity-based leadership and service activities and eager to serve as student ambassadors and champions of academic excellence and diversity. Through ODI’s Morrill Scholars Program, Anna found a supportive community during her undergraduate years. “Not only was I exposed to diversity-related issues, I was surrounded by faculty and peers that valued the holistic aspects of every ODI Scholar.”
Along with the Morrill Scholars Program, Anna also found a good fit at Ohio State, where she encountered an inviting atmosphere and a wide range of activities and classes, which she said, can’t be compared to any other universities. She became involved in the Ohio State Women’s Ultimate Disc Club her sophomore year, forming strong friendships both on and off the field. When it came time to apply for her Fulbright, Ohio State had the resources in place to help: the Undergraduate Fellowship Office, which was instrumental in assisting her – and countless others – through the process.
In May 2014, Anna will graduate from Ohio State with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in German Language. After her Fulbright year, she hopes to attend graduate school for chemical engineering, focusing on renewable energy technology research.
Anna’s advice for future students is summed up by a favorite quote by Zig Ziglar: “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 for the 'promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.' Approximately 325,400 Fulbrighters, 122,800 from the United States and 202,600 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception more than sixty years ago.