Stanford senior Cullen Chosy selected as 2021 Marshall Scholar

Stanford Senior Cullen Chosy, who is studying chemical engineering with an emphasis on renewable energy, has been selected as a 2021 Marshall Scholar.

Chosy is among the 46 American college students and recent graduates selected this year for the award, which provides Marshall Scholars with financial support to pursue graduate studies in the field and university of their choice in the United Kingdom.

The Marshall Scholarship was established to strengthen the relationship between the British and American peoples, governments and institutions. The award is named for former U.S. Secretary of State and Army Gen. George Marshall, who formulated the Marshall Plan to aid economic development in Western Europe after World War II.

Chosy, 21, of Madison, Wisconsin, plans to pursue a PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge, where he will work in the Stranks Lab, which studies the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors for low-cost, transformative electronics applications including light-harvesting (photovoltaic) and light-emission (LED) devices.

“I first encountered this work through papers published from the group, and subsequently received a Major Grant from Stanford to travel to Cambridge for a research project related to my honors thesis: Stabilizing Metal Halide Perovskites for the Atomic Layer Deposition of Tin Oxide Contact,” Chosy said. “I conducted this research under Stacey Bent, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford who leads the Bent Research Group.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Chosy from traveling to Cambridge to complete his research as he had earlier planned, he has been working remotely with the Stranks Lab on a computational modeling project.

“I’m delighted to be starting my PhD in the group next year,” he said.