Top 10 posters showcasing research at Ohio State awarded during 2018 OSU Materials Week

Click a thumbnail to view the attending Top 10 Student Poster awardees with Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron.


More than a hundred student and postdoctoral researchers at The Ohio State University came together to share their work in materials-allied fields with researchers from across the country at a two-day series of poster sessions during 2018 OSU Materials Week, held May 8 to 11.

 

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) hosted the poster sessions to allow undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio State an opportunity to share their work and receive feedback from professors and students of varying disciplines.

 

Students, postdoctoral researchers and professors swarmed through the Blackwell Inn ballroom as judges and visitors made their ways from poster to poster. Researchers were allowed five minutes to present their research. Presentations were followed by five-minute question-and-answer sessions between small groups of judges and each presenter.

 

“My audience is usually my labmates, so they know what we are doing, why we are doing it,” said Melika Shahhosseini, a Mechanical Engineering graduate student. “But when I’m presenting to an audience out of my field, it helps me understand what people expect from my work, what they want to know about why I’m doing it. So, it makes me get better at presenting my work to people out of my field, which I think is really important.”

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Ohio State researchers compete in Three Minute Thesis at 2018 OSU Materials Week

Left to right: Xianjie (Tony) Ren, Aamena Parulkar and Brelon May

 

How much time would you need to explain your dissertation, from the painstakingly crafted proposal to collected data, findings, and conclusion? According to the University of Queensland, an 80,000-word thesis requires about nine hours to present.

 

Master’s and doctoral students from The Ohio State University who took the stage May 8 during the opening of 2018 OSU Materials Week, however, were not given a second past the three-minute mark.

 

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) kicked off its 10th annual Materials Week conference with a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, founded and registered by UQ in Australia.

 

No props. No elaborate electronic media assistance. No dumbing it down. Presenters were allowed just one static slide to accompany their orations.

 

The 3MT competition challenges students to effectively communicate a distilled, compelling thesis and its significance to an audience outside their specific scholarly focus.

 

Five Ohio State students were chosen to compete May 8 in front of hundreds of professors and researchers from across the country and within the university after being selected from a preliminary round of presentations, held a week prior.

 

3MT finalists’ backgrounds ranged from Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering to Physics.

 

Brelon May won top prize for his clear and compelling 3MT thesis, “Flexible Ultraviolet LEDs on Metal.“ May studies in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) with advisor Professor Roberto Myers.

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Sustainable energy and student engagement intersect at INNOVATE-O-thon

 

The Ohio State University’s energy partner ENGIE challenged students to help achieve one goal: improve energy efficiency through positive behavioral changes on campus.

 

The students accepted.

 

During the latest INNOVATE-O-thon event, nearly 50 undergraduate students from varying disciplines came together, from Feb. 9 to 11 at the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Innovation Lab on Kinnear Road, to work with representatives from ENGIE and IMR.

 

There, students formed strategies aimed to inspire fellow classmates to alter their energy consumption habits and, in turn, improve energy efficiency at the Columbus campus.

 

IMR hosted the three-day externship program in collaboration with Ohio State’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

Throughout the course of the event, students developed a myriad of concepts that were ultimately pitched to ENGIE, including mobile app and technology-based engagement efforts, education and training programs, awareness campaigns and cross-campus partnerships.

 

“I am really glad that ENGIE reached out to students to help with this,” said winning-group member Lauren Trapani, a second-year student in environment, economy, development and sustainability. “We know what is feasible to change in our behavior, and what is infeasible.”

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Did you miss out on OSU Materials Week?

 

Don’t worry! Check out the “Materials Week in Review” to see the highlights of Materials Week.

And if you couldn’t make it to the Three Minute Thesis competition, check out the awesome student finalists who presented during Materials Week. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) whereby PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. All participants did a wonderful job presenting to our panel of judges.

 

The six finalists for the 3-Minute Thesis competition were Ryan Buntain, Sarah Bushman, Xinpeng Du, Bryan Esser, Xianje (Tony) Ren and Matthew Souva.

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COSI Academy Students Experience Science in Action at Nanotech West

IMR staff recently hosted a group of high school students from COSI Academy, an exploration program for high school students interested in STEM and STEM related careers.  Run through the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus’ science museum, the COSI Academy connects students with professionals in the areas of engineering, biotechnology and health and medicine through site visits to local science-based corporations, organizations, and universities, guest speakers, and hands-on activities.

COSI Academy students watch an instrumentation demonstration at Nanotech West Lab – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

 

Twelve students toured the Nanotech West Lab facility on April 8, including its cleanroom and Materials Innovation Lab, and learned about different career paths in STEM fields. Nanotech West Lab is Ohio State’s nanofabrication research facility and the largest and most comprenhesive micro- and nanotechnology user facility in the state of Ohio. The lab is home to more than 50 large pieces of user accessible material synthesis, fabrication and metrology equipment and research capabilities include e-beam lithography, nanolithography, device fabrication, MOCVD epitaxy, device processing, and clean room processing.

 

IMR Member of Technical Staff Aimee Price discusses nanotechnology with COSI Academy students in the Materials Innovation Lab – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

COSI Academy students gowned up to tour the Nanotech West cleanroom – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

 

This outreach event was well received by the COSI Academy students and their chaperones, and our staff enjoyed the opportunity to share their work with the next generation of scientists. Students particularly enjoyed the monochromator demonstration by Nanotech West engineer Dave Hollingshead, and seeing the plotter in action on the feature wall of the Materials Innovation Lab.

 

Senior Technology Integrator Kari Roth explains the Materials Innovation model being developed through IMR’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability program – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

All photos courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)