Graduate Research Symposium

Every fall, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Graduate Student Advisory Council host a Graduate Research Symposium. The symposium allows graduate students to present their work in the form of either a poster or an oral presentation.

Research areas include a range of topics, such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational science, and energy applications. Invited judges are typically Illinois alumni from industry and academia who help us identify the best poster and oral presentations. The symposium also provides students with one-on-one opportunities to network with the judges.

2021 Graduate Research Symposium Winners 


Poster Presentation 


Oral Presentation 

First place

Chengyou Shi

Zhao Group

"Accelerating the Discovery of Novel Ribosomally Synthesized and Post-transitionally Modified Peptides (RiPPs) through Pathway Refactoring and Robotic Automation"

Danielle Harrier

Guironnet/Kenis Groups

“Biodegradable latex: the development of an encapsulation technique for the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters”
Second place

Apurva Godbole

Kraft Group

“Raman Spectroscopy and Multivariate Analysis for Noninvasive Determination of Cell Phenotype in Hydrogel Cultures”

Whitney Sinclair

Leckband/Kenis Groups

“Lung-on-a-chip Platform that Enables in situ Imaging”
Third place

Azzaya Khasbaatar

Diao Group

“Tuning the Molecular Assembly Pathway for Morphology Control in Organic Solar Cells”

Yu-Heng Deng

Kong Group

“Self-Locomotive, Antimicrobial Microtorpedo (SLAM) for Biofilm Removal through Swarm-Activating Cavitation"


Save the Date!

2022 Graduate Research Symposium

Friday, October 7, 2021

Tentative Timeline:

Poster Session 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Oral Presentations
12:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


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