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2022 VINSE Undergraduate Research Symposium Winners

Posted by on Friday, August 5, 2022 in News.

Congratulations to all of the students who presented at the 2022 VINSE Undergraduate Research Symposium! Our undergraduate researchers were able to share everything they accomplished during their individual research projects at Vanderbilt University over the past ten weeks.

The symposium, which was held in collaboration with the Chemical Biology/Chemistry NSF-REU, showcased 31 students from the following programs: VINSE NSF-REU, Chemical Biology/Chemistry NSF-REU, VINSE Tech Crew, VUSE Summer Research Program and the Beckman Scholars program.

Posters were evaluated by a panel of judges for an opportunity to win travel grants to support the cost of presenting posters at a National Conference. The winners are:

Best overall – $1,000 travel grant                                                                                                         

Lauren Hubert, University of Rhode Island (Wilson) : “Synthesis of Tunable Protein-Polymersome Conjugates for Enhanced Targeting of Cancerous Tissues”

Best overall – $1,000 travel grant

Levi Hoogendoorn, Northwestern University (Caldwell) : “Controlling Light Propagation at the Nanoscale in Confined Molybdenum Trioxide (MoO3) Nanobelts”

NCUR Nomination – $1,000 travel grant

Sarah Shibuya, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (King): “Selective Functualization of Leukocyte Subpopulations with E-Selectin Liposomes”

Best layout

Thiago Arnaud, University of Florida (Caldwell): “Filterless Infrared Chemical Sensing with Narrowband Thermal Emitters”

Best use of graphics                                                                                                                                               

Chiad Onyeje, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Duvall): “Utilizing Microfluidics to Optimize the Formation of Antioxidant Microparticles”

Fan Favorite

Sarah Siman, Vanderbilt University (Macdonald): “Understanding the Durability of Iron Oxide-Silica Bonds in Anishinaabe Rock Paintings”


reu 2022 award photo