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Kara Zappitelli Recipient of the 2018 Karfilis Women in Leadership Award

Congratulations to Physics GE Kara Zappitelli on receiving the 2018 Karfilis Women in Leadership Award.   This award is the highest honor given out by the UOWGS. The award recognizes graduate students at the University of Oregon who have demonstrated strong dedication to the mission of the professional development of women in all disciplines of science to enable them to become successful contributors to their fields through exemplary leadership.

Kara Zappitelli is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in physics in the Alemán Lab. She studies the complex interface between neurons and conductive substrates in order to improve retinal implant technology. In addition to her research, she is actively involved in multiple efforts to improve retention and representation of underrepresented groups in physics and STEM as a whole. She has been the graduate student coordinator of the North Star Project since its inception in 2016, co-founded the UO Women in Physics group, and formerly served as the President of the physics graduate student body. She is truly honored to accept the prestigious Karfilis Women in Leadership Award and will continue her efforts towards fostering a more equitable and inclusive climate in STEM.