Joshua Samba

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Joshua Samba earned his BS and MS in Physics at Morgan State University. During his time at Morgan State, he studied the fabrication and application of crystalline, magnetic nanowires. He decided to shift his research focus from nanowires to water treatment once he enrolled in his PhD program because he wanted to apply his knowledge of physics to helping solve the global issue of access to clean water.

In addition to wanting to discover creative ways to solve problems, Joshua’s dream is to one day enter the professoriate and teach at the university level. Since kindergarten, he has involved himself in any tutoring and teaching programs he could find. One of his most notable achievements is winning the Tutor of the Year award, an award generally reserved for more senior tutors, during his first year of serving as a volunteer peer tutor.

Joshua was born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, but now calls Houston, TX his home as he pursues his PhD in Applied Physics at Rice University. When he is not busy with research, he loves to spend time at home with his fiancée, Ashley, and their dog, Charlie.

Research Areas

Nanomaterials and Nanodevices


M.S., Physics, Morgan State University

B.S., Physics, Morgan State University

Societies & Organizations

Society of Physics Students

National Society of Black Physicists

Honors & Awards

2021 Hertz Fellowship Finalist

2021 GEM Fellow

2019 NSBP CMMP Poster Award

2019 Sigma Pi Sigma Inductee

2018, 2015 Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation in Engineering/Physics MSU Symposium

2017 Julius Taylor Academic Achievement Award


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