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Student Accolades 2020

Undergraduates Show Off Research at Second Annual Poster Presentation

John Hill.Several undergraduate students presented their research at the second annual CBE Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation in March. Awards were given for first, second, and third place. Taking top honor was senior John Hill, pictured, (“Experimental Design of Light Utility Bioreactors for In-Home Bioprocessing and Chemical Production”). Fellow seniors Makayla Hyde, Jaclyn Choate, and Nikolai Regenold took second place (“Study Level Recovery Process of Thorium and Several Rare Earth Elements from Monazite Ore”) followed by junior Deanna Riley in third (“PEGylated high-aspect-ratio micelles interact directly with the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) receptor SR-B1”).

Caleb Walker Earns Presentation Award

Caleb Walker.PhD student Caleb Walker earned the AIChE Division 15 (food, pharmaceutical, and bioengineering division) Oral Presentation Award at the 2019 AIChE annual meeting. Walker spent nearly four years researching and experimenting to produce the results in his presentation, “Engineering Exceptional Solvent Tolerance in Yarrowia Lipolytica for Biocatalysis.”

Nature’s Lessons on Harvesting Solar Energy

Nanoscale Advances cover.Research completed by recent alums Hanieh Niroomand (PhD/CBE, ’18) and Tyler Bennett (PhD/CBE, ’19) was recognized with selection to be on the front covers of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and the inaugural issue of Nanoscale Advances, respectively. These studies have paved the path for making micro-tailored PSI for artificial photosynthesis and quantum transduction processes into fruition.