Selected Awards and Fellowships
Olivia is a Phd student in the materials science department at UCLA. She completed her B.S. in physics from UCLA in 2015, and her master’s degree in materials science from the University Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2019. Her master’s thesis utilized ab initio simulation techniques, including density functional theory and many body perturbation theory via the GW method, to study the optical and electronic properties of bulk silver. Olivia’s current interests lie within the realm of condensed matter theory and topological materials. The emphasis of her PhD work focuses on how nonlinear axion electrodynamics can be realized in topological materials, and she hopes to uncover an axion signature that can be realized for experimental detection.