Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

Chemical engineering students receive awards from campus Undergraduate Research Symposium

Several Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduates took part in this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) and received awards for their presentations.

The symposium, a part of Undergraduate Research Week that took place in April, is a celebration of student excellence in research across campus, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. These projects reflect not only the work of undergraduate students, but the ongoing commitment of the faculty in supporting and expanding undergraduate research opportunities on campus.

Junior Lily Chen received the Intel Innovation Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation. Her poster was titled “Synthesis of Branched Single-Stranded DNA Molecules.”

Sarah Laken and Jacob Hanselman received an award for the poster presentation at the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Sarah Laken and Jacob Hanselman received an award for the poster presentation at the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Sophomore Jacob Hanselman and junior Sarah Laken, two students from Assistant Professor Brendan Harley’s lab, received the “Most Innovative and Industry Impactful Study in Health and Well-Being” award for their poster “Engineering Brain Cancer in Vitro Models for Clinical Studies.”

Other chemical engineering student presenters during the symposium:

“Developing Novel Biocatalysts for Alternative Energies,” Chidinma Anigbogu.

“Structurally Engineered Gas-Diffusion Electrodes for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction: Optimizing Mass Transport, Catalyst Utilization, and Reactor Performance,” Saman Moniri.

“Analysis of Co-Crystal Formation Based on Supersaturation Levels,” Lucas Gonzalez.