Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering students from Dr. Puskas’ group won Best Poster Awards

Prajakatta Mulay, a graduate student in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, won two Best Graduate Poster Awards, one at 2016 International Elastomer Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania organized by the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division and another at the 40th Annual Macro Symposium, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her advisor is Dr. Judit E. Puskas, the Joseph M. Gingo Chair in Chemical Engineering.

“Folate Targeted Imaging Agent for Cancer Diagnostic Application through Thermoplastic Elastomeric Fiber Mat” was the title of Prajakatta’s award winning poster. As the winner of the Best Graduate Poster Award, she received a cash prize at both the events.

Past winners of the best graduate poster award at the International Elastomer Conference include Dr. Puskas’ students Kurtis Chiang (2008), Emily Rosenthal (2010), Alejandra Alvarez (2011), Attila Gergely (2011), and Gayatri Shrikhande (2015). Gayatri Shrikhande was also the past winner of the best graduate poster award at the Macro Symposium (2015).

Amanda Jancewicz, a sophomore in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering working in Dr. Judit Puskas’ lab won the best undergraduate poster award at the 2016 International Elastomer Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “NOVEL UV Curable Rubbers” was the title of Amanda’s award winning poster. The conference was organized by the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division.  She received a cash prize for the award.

Gayatri Shrikhande, a graduate student from Prof. Judit Puskas’ lab won third prize in graduate poster presentation at Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference 2016. She presented her award-winning poster on ‘Chemoenzymatic Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Fluoresceins’ for Breast Cancer Diagnosis at the conference on November 5th, 2016.

Congratulations to Prajakatta, Amanda and Gayatri on this achievement!




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