Berkeley Physics congratulates physics major Namrata Ramesh on being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.
Namrata is in her senior year, pursuing a Physics (Honors) degree. Her senior thesis, supervised by Professor Naomi Ginsberg, involves understanding the dynamics of self-assembly of gold nanocrystal superlattices using optical and x-ray scattering techniques. She has also worked on studying the trajectories of electrons in manganese doped halide perovskites using Monte Carlo simulations. At Oxford, she hopes to continue investigating the origins of intriguing phenomena in promising photovoltaic materials by being at the interface of experimental and computational physics. Namrata is also very passionate about diversity in STEM fields and multimedia storytelling and has combined both interests by starting “The STEMinist Chronicles”, an organization that currently uses photo essays to tell the stories of women in STEM.
Namrata is Berkeley's first Rhodes Scholar since 2014. She is also the first UCB Rhodes Scholar selected from the Rhodes India Constituency and 1 of 5 scholars selected for Rhodes India this year.
Established in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most competitive academic scholarships in the world. Recipients are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership.