2017 SCI Transdisciplinary Symposium

The Smalley-Curl Institute's 2nd Annual Transdisciplinary Symposium was held on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101.

The full schedule is available online here
The short program PDF is available here
A long program PDF (includes full schedule and abstracts) is available here

Congratulations to our Symposium winners!

Stephen Sanchez


Variance Spectroscopy: A New Bridge between Ensemble and Single-Particle Studies

Charlotte Flatebo

Applied Physics/ Chemistry

Understanding the conformational dynamics of the YfkE trimer using single-molecule Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET)

Sonia Parra


A Portable, Lower-Cost High-Resolution Microendoscope (PiHRME) to Screen for Cervical Cancer in Underserved Areas

Morgan Barnes


Extrusion-Aligned Liquid Crystal Elastomer Fibers

Adam Lauchner

Applied Physics/ ECE

Multicolor Electrochromic Devices Based on Molecular Plasmonics

Xingcheng Lin

Physics and Astronomy

Seeking Out the Functional Mechanism of Influenza Hemagglutinin

Samantha Paulsen


Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of 3D Printed Microscale Bicuspid Valves

Dayne Swearer


Aluminum Nanocrystals Decorated with Transition Metal Nanoislands as Antenna-Reactor Nanoparticles for Photocatalysis

Julia Vidonish


Pyrolytic Treatment of Soils Remediates Heavy Hydrocarbons and Enhances Fertility

Carlos de los Reyes


Chemical Decoration of Hexagonal Boron Nitride with Aliphatic Carbon Chains

Yu Zheng


Quenching of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Fluorescence by Physisorbed Oxygen Reveals Selective ssDNA Affinities

Benjamin Hoener


Morphology Dependent Plasmon Shifts by Capacitive Charging

Fengdan Ye

Physics and Astronomy

Brain Modularity Mediates the Relation between Task Complexity and Performance

Symposium winning presenters received a $500 travel award to be used towards costs associated with attending the professional conference of their choice. Awards were sponsored by the Smalley-Curl Institute and the following departments: Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Physics and Astronomy.

Faculty Keynote Speakers

Dr. Antonios Mikos, Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director, Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W Cox Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Gururaj Naik, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Information

We invite graduate students in the Applied Physics, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Statistics departments to present a 5 or 12 minute talk on their current research.

With an emphasis on promoting professional development, the meeting will provide students with an opportunity to fine-tune their oral presentation skills. We are partnering with the Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication (CWOVC) to provide a special workshop on developing talks and one-on-one coaching sessions!

The best presenters will be awarded travel grants to attend professional meetings (judged by attendees in a "people's choice" style). Faculty, postdocs, undergraduates, and non-presenting graduate students are encouraged to attend to hear about the latest exciting results from various groups across campus! We ask all guests (presenting or not) to register to assist us with event planning, as we will be serving both breakfast and lunch and conclude with a networking reception. (Please note: Only registered guests will be able to vote.)

Abstracts due January 18, 2017 by 5:00 PM

For all other guests, registration deadline is February 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Note: abstracts are due at time of registration. See abstract template here.