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Friday, July 27, 2018

From KU Today

LAWRENCE — Each summer, undergraduate students from around the world join current University of Kansas students in conducting research with KU faculty. Seventy-six of these students will present their research Friday, July 27at the KU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Beren Petroleum Conference Center, G192, Slawson Hall.

Presenters include students taking part in the following programs:

  • Beckman Scholars Program
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Program
  • Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Scholars Program
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Office for Diversity in Science Training programs:
    • 500 Nations Bridge Program with Haskell Indian Nations University
    • Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • Undergraduate Research Award recipients

The poster session is co-sponsored by the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) Scholars Program and KU’s Center for Undergraduate Research. The program, including abstracts of the research posters, can be found on the Center’s website. Students related to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering who will present their work are listed below, along with their hometown (if available), home institution, project title, faculty mentor, and department:

Austin Abbott, Lawrence, KU; “Effect of Solvent Conductivity and Volatility on Electrospun Fiber Diameter,” Jennifer Robinson and Pamela Johnson, chemical & petroleum engineering

Abdul-Rahman Alkiswani, Lawrence, KU; “DNA-Based Nanocomposite Hydrogels As Sustained Drug Delivery Platforms,” Arghya Paul and Sayantani Basu, chemical & petroleum engineering

Rachel Hart, KU; “Correlations Between PEGDA Gel Concentration and Diffusion Coefficients,” Stevin Gehrke, chemical & petroleum engineering

Tim Hoheneder, Eldersburg, Maryland, West Virginia University; “Geospatial Analysis of Produced Waters in South Central Kansas Oil Fields,” Edward Peltier and Mark Ballard, environmental engineering and TORP

Austin Keller, Derby, Kansas, KU; “Project H2: Bio-based Membranes for Efficient Hydrogen Purification,” Mark Shiflett and Sachin Nandanwar, chemical & petroleum engineering

Brandon Kinn, Ottawa, KU; “NMR Relaxation as a Method of Exploring Porous Networks,” Alan Allgeier, chemical & petroleum engineering

Justin Lehtinen, Overland Park, KU; “Fiber Architecture Analysis of Electrospun Scaffolds,” Jennifer Robinson and Pamela Johnson, chemical & petroleum engineering

Jennifer Nguyen, Olathe, KU; “Optimization of Decellularization of Meniscus,” Jennifer Robinson, chemical & petroleum engineering

Charlotte Nodarse, Prairie Village, KU; “Stress-Relaxation Testing of Chitosan Hydrogels with Varying Degrees of Acetylation,” Stevin Gehrke, chemical & petroleum engineering

Channary Ny, Kansas City, Missouri, KU; “Removal of PFOA from Drinking Water Using Zeolite Materials” and “Thermal Stabilization of Proteins in Mesoporous Silica Gel,” Mark Shiflett, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering.

Anna Trofimoff, Overland Park, KU; “Effect of Relative Humidity on Fiber Diameter and Morphology of Emulsion Electrospun Scaffolds,” Jennifer Robinson, chemical & petroleum engineering


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