Congratulations to Graduate Student Islam Mosa for winning the People’s Choice Award in the International Universitas 21 (U21) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. This is the first international award for UConn in the U21 3MT competition. Islam received his award from Dr. Kent Holsinger, Dean of the Graduate School. Also, President Herbst has invited Islam to attend the Board of Trustees meeting to congratulate him for his achievement. Islam is now the winner of the Department’s and UConn’s 3MT competitions, as well as the International U21 3MT People’s Choice Award.
The 2016 competition experienced the highest number of participating students – over 1000 students presented in local heats across the network – and the People’s Choice Award saw its highest total number of online votes in the competition history; Islam received the highest number of votes among all participants.
Islam would like to thank his advisor, Dr. Jim Rusling, for the support and constructive feedback, Dr. Challa Kumar for instructing the technical communication course, and to the entire Chemistry Department for voting and supporting him!
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Dr. Challa Kumar and Graduate Student Melissa Limbacher are the recipients of an Accelerate UConn Fall 2016 Grant for their project entitled, “GlowDots.”
Kumar and Limbacher will participate in the Fall cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site. All winning teams receive special training and a $3,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value.
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Graduate Student Sravan Thota (Zhao Group) received an “Outstanding Student Poster Award” at the 2016 ACS Philadelphia Meeting. Sravan’s poster displayed his research of “Preferential Cu diffusion to the ends of AuCu alloy nanorod during galvanic replacement reaction.” Sravan was one of two students to receive this award from the ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry Division (a field of approx. 100 posters). Sravan received a certificate and a check for $250.
Graduate Students Curtis Guild and Sourav Biswas (Suib Group) are currently featured on the MyACS page. Check out Curtis’s and Sourav’s profiles to learn what ACS means to them.
Graduate Student Matthew Guberman-Pfeffer (Gascon Group) is the recent recipient of a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship! Matthew’s selection was based on his “demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.”
This paper published in Advanced Energy Materials by members of Dr. Steven Suib’s group has been recognized as the most accessed paper in March 2016 among other papers published in Advanced Energy Materials journal. The lead author of the paper is Abdelhamid El-Sawy (Suib Group).
Graduate student Sourav Biswas (Suib Group) was selected to create a video presentation at the ACS San Diego Conference. Sourav’s research was selected from the conference’s Organic Division participants. In the video, Sourav details his research regarding “Cooperative Catalysis of Cu and Mn in Oxidative Alkyne Coupling.”
Grad Student Brunah Otieno (Rusling Group) is the recent recipient of a Sensors Travel Award. This award recognizes research accomplishments and potential for future success in the field of biosensors.
The Sensors Travel Award will support travel to any academic conference during 2016, where Brunah will be able to interact with other researchers and share her research results.