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Meet Elizabeth Horstman, a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

In a new video, Elizabeth talks about why she chose the University of Illinois, the strong emphasis on mentorship, the “supportive and collaborative atmosphere” and earning a SURGE, or Support for Under-Represented Groups in Engineering, Fellowship.

Big congrats to all the Illinois graduate students who participated in the Graduate College’s first-ever Research Live! event.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Vahid Mirshafiee tied at second place for his talk on “Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Tumors.” Mirshafiee is part of Dr. Mary Kraft’s research group.

ChBE grad student Vahid Mirshafiee
ChBE grad student Vahid Mirshafiee

Biochemistry graduate student Ipek Tasan, who is in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Huimin Zhao’s research group, took home a first place. She presented “Finding the Partners in Crime Causing Colon Cancer.”

Also among the finalists: Biochemistry graduate student Ismaeel Muhamed, who is in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor Deborah Leckband’s research group.

For Research Live!, the college invited graduate students to deliver an engaging presentation of their work and its impact. They were allowed three minutes and two slides. Presentations were scored on delivery, clarity, effectiveness of visual material, and accessibility of language.

Sixty-five graduate students entered the competition and 12 finalists were announced earlier this week. The final round of competition took place Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Here’s a list of the winners.

1st Place: Ipek Tasan, “Finding the Partners in Crime Causing Colon Cancer” (Biochemistry)
2nd Place: Marc Ryan Gancayco, “Sublancin: An Antibiotic with a Sweet Side” (Chemistry)
2nd Place: Vahid Mirshafiee, “Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Tumors” (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering)
People’s Choice: Robin Holland, “Taking Down the Powerhouse” (Pathobiology)

More information can be found on the Graduate College’s website.

Vahid Mirshafiee (tied for second place), Robin Holland (People's Choice), Marc Ryan Gancayco (tied for second), Ipek Tasan (first)

Vahid Mirshafiee (tied for second place), Robin Holland (People’s Choice), Marc Ryan Gancayco (tied for second), Ipek Tasan (first)

 

Congratulations to Danielle Mai, who was recently recognized with a Lam Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Illinois ChBE graduate student Danielle Mai
Danielle Mai

Mai is a graduate student in Associate Professor Charles Schroeder’s research group, where she started a new line of research by extending single molecule techniques to study the dynamics of branched polymers. Her approach holds the potential to fundamentally change our understanding of the response of branched polymers, which exhibit strikingly different behavior compared to linear polymers. Ongoing work by Mai and other members of the Schroeder group will advance the large-scale production of polymers for commodity and energy applications.

The Lam awards are presented to talented graduate students who are enrolled in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, or Physics. Each recipient receives $5,000.

Lam Research Corporation of Fremont, Calif. is a major supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry. The company has been advancing semiconductor manufacturing for more than 30 years.

 

Graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and members of the Graduate Student Advisory Council held another successful research symposium this fall. The 14th annual event took place on Oct. 23, 2015, as part of Homecoming weekend.

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.

Poster presentations at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium.
Poster presentations at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium.

Invited judges are typically Illinois alumni from industry and academia. The symposium also provides students with one-on-one opportunities to network with the judges.

This year’s presentations were judged by Dr. Josh Gray (PHD ’04), Program Manager with Boeing’s Surface and Analytics Lab; Dr. Ibrahim Sendijarevic (PHD ’02), Business Development Manager with Troy Polymers; Dr. Anastasia Vaia (PHD ’03), PTA Process Optimization Manager with BP; and Dr. Yongbo Yuan (former Illinois ChBE postdoc), Scientist III with ADM.

The judges for 2015 included Drs. Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anastasia Vaia, Josh Gray, and Yongbo Yuan.
The judges for 2015 included Drs. Ibrahim Sendijarevic, Anastasia Vaia, Josh Gray, and Yongbo Yuan.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Poster Presentations
First Place: Katelyn Dahlke, part of Assistant Professor Charles Sing’s research group, with “Kinetics of DNA-binding Dimeric Proteins.”

 

Second Place: Andy Chang from Assistant Professor David Flaherty’s group with his poster, “Deconvoluting the Effects of Solvation and Acid Strength on Zeolite Catalysis: Model Systems for Complex Materials.”

 

Third Place (tie): Sumit Verma from Professor Paul Kenis’ research group with “Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Value Added C1-C2 Chemicals and Fuels” and Kai-Chieh Tsao from Professor Hong Yang’s Research Group and his poster, “Continuous Production of Uniform Carbon-Supported Catalysts of Metal Nanocubes and Nanooctahedra Using Carbon Monoxide-Mediated Processes.”

 

Oral Presentations
First Place: Danielle Mai of Associate Professor Charles Schroeder’s group with, “Single Molecule Dynamics of Branched DNA Polymers.”

 

Second Place: Ran Chao of Professor Huimin Zhao’s group with “Building “iBioFAB” for automated synthetic biology.”

 

Third Place: Neil Wilson of Assistant Professor David Flaherty’s group for “Mechanism and Factors that Determine Selectivity for H202 Formation on Pd and AuPd clusters via Direct Synthesis.”

 

Other graduate students participating in the 14th Annual Graduate Research Symposium included the following: Zehua Bao, Nicholas Clay, Arkaprava Dan, Todd Freestone, Kandis Gillard, Kai-Wen Hsiao, Jiazhang Lian, Sam Hamedi Rad, Ankur Taneja, and Megan Witzke.

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