Saraf Nawar is a graduate student in the Harvard SEAS working toward a PhD in applied physics. In particular, her research focuses on making new materials with microfluidics, specifically, microcapsules, which are used for the delivery of a wide range of cargo. She works on tuning the core and shell properties of these microcapsules so that they can respond to a wide range of environmental stimuli, and also investigates the behavior of polymers in micron-scale confinement, which can lead to novel structures. During her undergraduate studies in chemistry and physics at Harvard College, Saraf was involved in a wide range of activities promoting the participation of women in science, and did research on materials science at SEAS on colloidal crystals, as well as organic molecule-based flow batteries. Saraf has lived in 3 different countries and 8 different cities, is passionate about getting people engaged with their communities as well as the environment. She enjoys travel, historical fiction, and shopping.