Gabrielle Wood

Majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karsh STEM Scholar at Howard University





Gabrielle Wood is an undergraduate majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in Spanish from Conyers, Georgia, and a Karsh STEM Scholar at Howard University. She is working in Dr. Avraamidou’s research group as an REU student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics Program (Summer 2024). At Howard University, she served as the president of the Howard University Water Environment Association (HUWEA) during the 2023-2024 school year. In this role she has greatly expanded the organization’s reach on and off campus, and HUWEA was awarded the College of Engineering and Architecture’s “Truth and Service Organization of the Year Award”. She also conducted research with Dr. Chazot and the Sustainable Polymer Innovation Laboratory at Northwestern University through the MIT DMSE MICRO program since the Fall of 2022. She presented her project, “Selectively Dissolvable Biopolymer Interface for Textile Recycling” at the 2023 AIChE Student Poster Session and won 1st place in the materials engineering and science section. In addition to research and the environment, Gabrielle is passionate about international cultural appreciation and celebrates the richness of the African diaspora. She also served on the executive board of Chango! Afro-Latine and Spanish Society for two years, helping to grow the organization through her roles as dance committee chair and secretary. Gabrielle currently aspires to pursue a doctorate degree in a field such as chemical engineering or environmental engineering, and envisions herself as an environmental engineer working on interdisciplinary, culturally cognizant, and equitable solutions for environmental crises around the world. In her free time, she loves listening to music, dancing and playing with her dog Franklin.