ChBE Graduate Student Awards

July 21, 2016

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Allison Jansto recently received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research proposal entitled, “Characterizing Transport and Mechanics of Nanophase-Segregated Polymers for Energy Storage and Delivery Applications”, seeks to deepen our understanding of the role of nanostructure on the transport properties of phase-segregated block copolymers. Allison is a graduate student in Prof. Eric Davis’s Polymer Membranes Group.    Graduate student, Ryan Defever, received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention.   His advisor is Prof. Sapna Sarupria.


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Dr. Husson’s Research Group traveled to the North American Membrane Society annual meeting in Bellevue Washington in May. Juan Wang gave a talk and also received the 2016 NAMS Student Fellowship Award, which is the most prestigious award given by NAMS to graduate students. Nikki Chitpong also won 1st Place for her research poster. ChBE Professional Advisory Board Member, Uwe Beuscher, also attended the conference.


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In April, Robert Emmett received both the ChBE and the College’s Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award.    Adam Klett received the ChBE Graduate Researcher of the Year Award.   

ChBE graduate students Roque Gochez and Adam Klett tied for 3rd Place in the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. 3MT is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their research in just 3 minutes. Their advisors are Dr. Kitchens and Dr. Thies.

The People’s Choice Award went to graduate student Meng Zhang at the annual Science as Art competition. She crocheted doilies out of carbon fibers. Her advisor is Dr. Amod Ogale.


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In February, ChBE held its annual Graduate Research Symposium at the Madren Center. We were honored to have members of our Professional Advisory Board in attendance. Our graduate students were able to share their research with their peers through poster sessions and oral presentations. Winners this year were (L-R): Jing Jin (1st Place-Poster), Adam Klett (1st Place-Presentation), Allison Yaguchi (Honorable Mention-Poster), Ryan Defever (2nd Place-Poster), Steven Weinman (Honorable Mention-Poster), Kryssia Diaz-Orellana (Student’s Choice-Poster) and Christine Duval (1st Place-Presentation).