Winnipeg graduate and Alannah Hallas (BSc [Hons], 11) is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Smalley-Curl fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Hallas started her undergraduate research training with Dr. Chris Wiebe (chemistry) is his Quantum Materials Laboratory at The University of Winnipeg.
She finished with the Gold Medal in Chemistry, and is a prestigious Vanier Scholar (2014). Most of her research is at the interface of chemistry and physics — the synthesis of new materials that test new ideas in quantum magnetism. An understanding of these materials is essential towards creating new technologically relevant devices.