The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces & Devices program at the University of Kentucky (UK) concluded on Thursday, July 27th, 2023, with a poster competition and awards ceremony. The event was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), UK VP for Research, UK College of Engineering and UK Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.
The 10-week intensive research program sponsored by the NSF attracted talented undergraduate researchers from across the US and gave them an opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of faculty and UK graduate students.
Kim Anderson, professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and director of this REU program from 2009-2021, provided the keynote address for the awards ceremony.
A full list of the poster competition participants is given below. Poster competition awards went to:
- 1st Place Poster Competition – Alexandra Bradbury, Columbia University
- 2nd Place Poster Competition – Nika Recto, San Diego State University
- 3rd Place Poster Competition – Ross Rodriguez, Austin Peay State University
- Best Oral Presentation – Ava Huth, Iowa State University
- Best Blog – Michelle Kryl, Roger Williams University
In addition to UK faculty who advised REU participants, outside the lab graduate student mentors Jamie Ahmed, Ryan Hill, Emily Ingram, Victoria Klaus, Mara Leach, David Lu, Rollie Mills, Ebuka Ogbuoji, and Claire Rowlands contributed to the program’s success. A full list of the participants in the poster competition, as well as their faculty mentor(s) is below.