Summer Expo

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Congratulations to all the presenters and the winners at the Summer 2019 Expo! Thanks again to all who came out to the event to celebrate undergraduate research and service learning at UAB!

Expo Winners Spring 2019

    • First Place: Adithya J. Menon
    • Second Place: Carly Snidow
    • Third Place: Zoë S. Penko
  • Biological and Life Sciences

    • First Place: Braden P. Garrison and Srihari Prahadeeswaran
    • Second Place: Victoria Yanouskiy and Stephanie Boas
    • Third Place: Rachel E. Meek

    Education

    • First Place: Tammara Westbrook

    Engineering

    • First Place: Jordan Zimmerman, Kiran R. Adhikari
    • Second Place (tie): Aakansha Gosain
    • Third Place: Sean Martin

    Health Sciences

    • First Place: Danny Xiao
    • Second Place: Jeralyn Langford
    • Third Place: Kristina Johnson

    Physical and Applied Science

    • First Place: Bryce K. Coyne, Krishna Karki, Vladimir Fedorov, Sergey Mirov
    • Second Place: Dexter Mitchell, Patrick Orman and Ryoichi Kawai

    Service Learning

    • First Place: Rose Albert, David Gahan, Jacob Mesina, Luke Mills, Karthik Reddy, Garrett Sager, Olivia Shivers, Sarah Whiten
    • Second Place: Morgan Akins, Giana Carson, Alec Coffman, Aaron Hollis, Shayla Holma, Hannah Lee, Morgan Osbourne, Jordan Sapier
    • Third Place: Akemra James, Alasha Dixon, Aubreonna Mitchell, Audrey Montgomery, Harley Thomas, Lindi DeBoer, Viridiana Villagomez, Zoe Talley

    Social and Behavioral Science

    • First Place: Ashlyn Scheinost
    • Second Place: Natalie Lipari
    • Third Place: Brittany Cangialosi, Casie Morgan, Caitlin Bullard

    Works in Progress

    • First Place: Lauren Brashear
    • Second Place: Mindy Foster
    • Third Place: Joshua Ben Romualdo, Shannon Lynch

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Abstracts Due: July 19

The Summer Expo showcases the research and service learning work produced by UAB undergraduates and other students in UAB summer research programs, summer REU programs, and other summer opportunities.

The 2019 Summer Expo will be held on July 25.

To request accessibilty from the event, please contact:

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Abstract submissions for the Summer Expo are now open — due July 19, 2019

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Student Registration and Poster Set-up
Judge Registration
Hill Student Center Ballrooms
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker Alumni Theatre
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Oral Presentations Location TBA
10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Poster Presentations Hill Student Center Ballrooms
4:00 p.m. Award Winners announcements on Social Media and email  

Keynote Speaker

vinoy thomasDr. Vinoy Thomas, "Materials Magic by Dusty Misty Touchy Plasmas"

Vinoy Thomas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and graduate program director in the UAB Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and seconadary faculty (assistant professor) of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Environmental Health Science in the School of Public Health. He is also a senior research scientist at the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration (CNMB). After his Ph.D. in Biomaterials & Biomedical Technology from Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), an institute of national importance under Government of India, he completed his postdoctoral training at the Institute of Materials Sciences & Technology (IMST), Friedrich-Schiller University (FSU), Jena, Germany, and at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as NRC Fellow from National Research Council of National Academies (Science, Engineering & Medicine).

Thomas is a life-member of Society for Biomaterials & Artificial Organs India (SBAOI) and Society for Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine- India (STERMI), and member of society for biomaterials (SFB), materials research society (MRS) and the minerals, metals and materials society (TMS). He has co-organized and chaired a symposium on Biological Biomaterials (during TMS 2018, & 2019) and Alabama NanoBio Symposium in 2015. He serves on the editorial board of many journals in his discipline of Polymers/ Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering & Drug Delivery, and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, and was guest editor for a special issue on Advanced Manufacturing of Biomaterials & Biological Materials (JOM 2020).

His research programs focus on the development of biomaterials and processing-structure-property characterizations of polymeric-nanocomposites and nano-scaffolds and 3D bioprinting for tissue engineering (vascular, dental, and spine and neural tissues), nanodiamonds for orthopedic and dental joints, and materials chemistry of interfaces and interface tissue engineering. He has published more than 100 research papers and 12 book chapters (total citations = 3,435 with h-index 28) and three patents. He was awarded UAB Provost Award for Faculty Excellence (2019), UAB Graduate School Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship (2019), and Outstanding Scholar Award by UAB Postdoctoral Office in 2008.

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