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Graduate students win poster awards

Several graduate students recently received honors for posters they presented at various conferences.

Prashun Gorai, a graduate student in the research group of Professor Edmund Seebauer, was the recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 11th annual Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Worshop. 

Prashun Gorai
Prashun Gorai

He presented his poster during the conference that took place at the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab at the University of Illinois campus on May 3. The title of the poster was “Surface-Based Defect Engineering of Metal Oxides,” which was authored by Gorai and Seebauer.

Cartney Smith
Cartney Smith

Laura Mozdzen and Cartney Smith were both recognized for posters that they presented at the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Cellular and and Molecular Mechanics and BioNanotechnology/Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center annual joint symposium that took place at the University of Illinois May 2-3.

Poster from Laura Mozdzen's presentation
Poster from Laura Mozdzen’s presentation

Mozdzen, a graduate student in Assistant Professor Brendan Harley’s research group, received a Best Poster Award during the symposium.  The title of her poster was “Creating a Spatially-Graded Collagen GAG Scaffold for Osteotendinous Interfacial Repair.” Authors on the paper were Mozdzen, Steve Caliari, J. Banks, J. Kelleher, R. Bailey, and Harley.

Smith, a graduate student in the research group of Assistant Professor Hyunjoon Kong, received an honorable mention. The title of his poster was “Bio-Inspired Assembly of Gadolinium on Liposome Surfaces for Enhanced MR Contrast Agents,” which was authored by Smith, Artem Shkumatov, and Kong.


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