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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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.

2019 Symposium

The 2019 symposium will be on Friday, October 18, 2019, in the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory.

  • Poster presentations will begin at 8 a.m. in the B and C atriums of the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory.
  • Oral presentations will begin at 12 p.m. in Room C605 of the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory.
  • The awards ceremony will be at 5 p.m. in Room B102 of the Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory.

Judges for 2019 are Ryan Stephens (PhD ’08, Alkire), Marc Viera (PhD ’02, Higdon), Ritika Mohan (PhD ’14, Kenis) and Wenjuan Zha (PhD ’07, Zhao).

Call for Abstracts

To submit an abstract for the symposium, please fill out this online form.

Abstract submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2019, and the submission form will be closed after that time. Please note: spots are limited.

More information

More information about the symposium can be obtained by emailing

Past Symposiums

The 2018 symposium was held on Friday, October 12, 2018 in Roger Adams Laboratory. Congratulations to winners of the 2018 symposium!

Thank you to the following alumni judges: Robert Ferguson, Senior Upstream Marketing Manager at Medtronic’s Heart Valve Therapies (BS ’91); Dr. Lili Deligianni, retired research scientist, IBM (PhD ’88, Alkire); and Dr. Lon Chubiz, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (PhD ’10, Rao).

2017 symposium







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