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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.”
Shahhosseini presented “A multifunctional DNA-origami platform to sense cell microenvironmental properties.”
Some students spent their down time patiently waiting their turn to present their research posters again. Others took the opportunity to visit fellow students’ stations and learn about the work of their peers.
“I enjoyed meeting my colleagues and other students from the university and, maybe, students from other universities. Most of them I’ve never met before; many of them I have met for the first time here,” said Rezaul Karim, in Electrical and Computer Engineering, who presented “LPCVD Growth of β-Ga₂O₃: Materials and Devices.”
Beyond the opportunity to simply meet fellow student researchers, Karim appreciated the thought-provoking questions posed by both students and faculty judges.
Among the judges was IMR Associate Director Glenn Daehn, the Mars G. Fontana Professor in the Department Materials Science and Engineering, who said he saw plenty of promising work on display as he walked through the rows of posters. For him, being a judge gave an opportunity to meet new students, ask them questions that might be outside the immediate interests of their advisors, and help them connect their work to the broader world.
Ninety-five students were eligible to present this year. Their posters were judged on aspects such as content, organization and overall clarity. Postdoctoral researchers were invited to present, but were not eligible for awards.
“What is really clear is that we are doing a lot of things here, at Ohio State, that will make a difference. And we’ve got great students going through,” Daehn said. “It’s been a privilege and a joy to judge these kids.”
Awards were presented by Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron. Below are our Top 10 Student Poster awardees.
- Michael Kuper, in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Boian Alexandrov
- Jacob Boyer, in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Tyler Grassman
- Bryan Esser, in the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, advised by Dave McComb
- Sourabh Nadgouda, in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Liang-Shih Fan
- Gabriel Calderon Ortiz, in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Jinwoo Hwang
- Emre Cinkilic, in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Alan Luo
- Jenny Le, in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, advised by Carlos Castro, Michael Poirier and Ralf Bundschuh
- Saurabh Ailawar, in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Umit Ozkan
- Amanda Gibson, in Materials Science and Engineering, advised by Vicky Doan-Nguyen
- Deeksha Jain, in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Umit Ozkan and Anne Co
The Institute for Materials Research is an interdisciplinary institute that works across colleges and departments at The Ohio State University to facilitate, promote and coordinate research and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials.
Story by Mike Huson, IMR Public Relations Coordinator