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  • Award recipients and honorable mention recipients at the Graduate Student Research Symposium, June 4, 2019, include, front row, from left, Sheng-Yin Huang, Angela Carlson, and Monica Ohnsorg; back row, from left, En-Chih Liu, Rachel Swedin, Derek Batiste,
    06/05/19

    Four students earn Paul and Gerda Gassman Awards

Paul and Gerda Gassman Award recipients at the 2019 Graduate Student Research Symposium are, from left, En-Chih Liu, Rachel Swedin, Sheng-Yin "Dima" Huang, and Monica Ohnsorg.
Paul and Gerda Gassman Award recipients at the 2019 Graduate Student Research Symposium are, from left, En-Chih Liu, Rachel Swedin, Sheng-Yin "Dima" Huang, and Monica Ohnsorg.

Four 3rd-year graduate students—Sheng-Yin "Dima" Huang, En-Chih Liu, Monica Ohnsorg, and Rachel Swedin—received Paul and Gerda Gassman awards for their outstanding research and presentations at the Graduate Student Research Symposium, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Honorable mentions were awarded to Derek Batiste, Angela Carlson, Julia Early, and Rebeca Rodriguez.

The annual symposium consists of research presentations by graduate students, mostly third years, in the chemistry doctorate program. In addition to the award recipients, presentations were given by Caitlin Bouchey, Sina Chiniforoush, Louis Corcoran, Huarui Cui, Ryan Daley, Stephen Dempsey, Daniel Graham, Jiayi He, Jorden Johnson, Daniel Lee, Andrew Marshall, Colin Peterson, Jacob Prat, Cynthia Pyles, George "Ted" Riegel, Brian Spindler, and Yiao Wang.

This year's distinguished judges were alumnus David Giesen, Ph.D., a senior scientist and technical lead at Schrödinger Materials Science Suite, and alumna Katie Hurley, Ph.D., a lead scientist at Ecolab. Faculty judges were professors Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, Christopher Douglas, Jason Goodpaster, Thomas Hoye, James Johns, Steven Kass, Connie Lu, and Ilja Siepmann. Session moderators were Kajari Bera, Beth Dowing, Anna "Annie" Luke, and Craig Van Bruggen.

Members of  the Graduate Student Research Symposium committee include Professor Nicholas Race, chair, Mollie Dunlap, Eileen Harvala, and Eric Schulz. David Gerry also provided tech support.

Support for the student travel awards provided through philanthropic donations to the Paul G. and Gerda Ann Gassman Chemistry Student Travel Fund.

Supporters, faculty judges, distinguished judges, award and honorable mention recipients include, from row, from left, Professor Christopher Douglas, alumnus Dave Giesen, Ph.D., alumna Katie Hurley, Ph.D., honorable mention Derek Batiste, award recipient
Supporters, faculty judges, distinguished judges, award and honorable mention recipients include, from row, from left, Professor Christopher Douglas, alumnus Dave Giesen, Ph.D., alumna Katie Hurley, Ph.D., honorable mention Derek Batiste, award recipient Sheng-Yin Huang, honorable mention Angela Carlson, award recipient Monica Ohnsorg, and honorable mention Julia Early; back row, from left, Department Head David Blank, Professor Thomas Hoye, Professor Steven Kass, Professor Jason Goodpaster, award recipient En-Chih Liu, award recipient Rachel Swedin, and Professor Nicholas Race, symposium chair.