Sarah Pate

Sarah Pate

Arthur J. Schmitt Leadership Fellowship in Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering: PhD

Trussville, Alabama

What is your research about?

I am studying the facilitated transport of carbon dioxide across polyvinylamine membranes for carbon dioxide separation and capture applications by using spectroscopic characterization and measurement of permeation rates.

Do you live on- or off-campus?

I live off-campus.

To which Notre Dame clubs and/or research organizations do you belong?
  • Society of Schmitt Fellows
  • Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE)
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
  • STEMentorship
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Women
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Organization
After you graduate, what are your career aspirations?

I would like to work in industry prior to a career in academia.

How do you practice self-care after a long day at work?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, attending department or graduate organization social events, baking, and traveling. I participate in intramural sports with CBEGSO. At the end of the day, I watch Netflix to unwind.

Why did you choose Notre Dame

As clichŽ as it sounds, I chose to attend Notre Dame because it was what felt right. Notre Dame was the first graduate school I visited, so I was really nervous. But upon arrival, everyone I interacted with made me feel very welcomed. I quickly realized how supportive and genuine the faculty and graduate students in the CBE department are which eased my nerves and allowed me to feel very comfortable. Immediately after visiting, my family and friends all knew I would decide to attend Notre Dame even though I had not visited my other options yet. Since moving to South Bend, I have realized the welcoming and supportive environment extends throughout the University. In my heart, I knew Notre Dame was where I should go for grad school and I could not be happier with my decision.


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