Niharika Dalpati, a senior graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (DCB), passed away due to natural causes on April 17, 2023 at her home in Odisha, India. Her passing was sudden and unexpected, and she leaves behind a legacy for which all students can aspire.
Niharika joined Auburn University in Fall 2018 after receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Chemistry from the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in Odisha, India. Her time at Auburn was marked by many successes, including an award for Outstanding Graduate TA, multiple presentations at regional and national conferences, and multiple publications of her research. She was an important leader in the Farnum lab, having mentored two undergraduate students and mastered many synthetic, electrochemical, and photochemical techniques in her study of multi-electron redox chemistry. At the time of her passing, she was only 3 months away from the completion of her PhD degree in Chemistry.
Niharika was also an important and valued member of the DCB, having served on the Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee as a student member and always eager to help where needed. In all aspects, she was a model graduate student, especially among the international community.