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Northwestern University

Julia Abelsky, '17

julia abelsky


Atlanta, Georgia



While still in high school, Julia created a large molecule—a diblock copolymer—with refractive properties that allowed her to engineer a nano “cloaking device,” rendering tiny particles invisible. Her research
 has applications for telecommunications, deep-sea sensors, medical diagnostics, defense, and optics.

Varsity athlete

As a first-year sabre fencer, Julia led the Wildcats in regular-season victories and competed in the NCAA championships.

“I’m struck by
 how full of stories everyone is. 
You realize you can’t put people into categories; they’re always surprising you. People here do amazing things.”

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