Ms. Koshkinbayeva graduated from Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan with a degree in Physics in 2007. After graduation Ainur worked for a year to gain some business experience. When she was awarded a scholarship from the Government of Kazakhstan to pursue a master’s degree in nanotechnology, she chose Rice University’s Nanoscale Physics program. Ainur is interested in nanophotonics and is pursuing studies to deepen her knowledge in this area of nanotechnology. Ainur secured an internship at Texas State University working on the synthesis and characterization of graphene nanoparticles under Dr. Gary Beall. Ainur returned to her home country to pursue her career there.