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January 29, 2016

The 2016 Schoenborn Symposium Was Outstanding

The Schoenborn Graduate Research Symposium is a yearly showcase for the talent and accomplishments of our graduate students, and a prime indicator of the overall excellence of the CBE graduate program. The Symposium has two sections.

During the first section, senior-level PhD candidates make formal presentations about their research and the associated results. During the second section, mid-level PhD students make informal poster presentations about their research. Faculty judges select first-, second-, and third-place winners of the formal presentations; graduate student voters select the poster presentation winners.

The 2016 competition winners are:

Formal Presentations

award_presentatioonFirst place: Ahmed Gomaa - Delivery of genome-targeting CRISPR-Cas systems for the sequence-specific killing of bacteria

Second place: Junjie Zhao - When Metal-organic Frameworks meet Atomic Layer Deposition

Third place (tie): Steven Benner - A Tunable Coarse-Grained Model of Chitosan for Predicting Solution Behavior

Third place (tie): Sophia Carrell - Shuttling enhances robustness of the DV pattern in Drosophila embryos

Poster Presentations

First place: Michelle Luo - RNA length affects form and function of the Type I CRISPR-Cas surveillance complex

Second place: Amber Hubbard - Self-Folding Polymers: Mimicking Natural Materials

Third place: Amit Mishra - Perovskite Structured Redox Catalysts for Chemical Looping Reforming of Methane

Alum Dr. John Widener (Ph.D., 1991)  delivered the Keynote talk, "A Career in Academia: The Best Job Ever!"  Dr. Widener is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

The Vivian T. Stannett Fellow Award is also presented at the Symposium. It's named in memory of Professor Vivian T. Stannett, a CBE faculty member who was an internationally renowned polymer scientist, research leader, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. The Award recognizes research excellence, initiative, focus and tenacity during the early careers of Ph.D. candidates in the department.  The 2016 award winners are Yiliang Lin, Fellow, and Dishit Parekh, the second-place awardee.

The Fall 2015 Praxair Exceptional Teaching Assistant Award was presented to Nathan Galinsky.  The Award recognizes instructional effectiveness and management skills of Ph.D. candidates who serve as exemplary teaching assistants in CHE courses. The Award recipient goes above and beyond the call of duty and provides students with tireless and selfless attention to high-quality instruction and professionalism.

Congratulations to the Schoenborn competition, Stannett and Praxair award winners and their advisers. Well done to all!

Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's Symposium on January 23, 2017.

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