Three students of Clarkson University Egon Matijevic Endowed Chair of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Silvana Andreescu have received awards for travel and research presentations at national academic conferences.
Chemistry Ph.D. student Mohamed Hassan is one of five winners of the EAS Graduate Student Research Award. Hassan's presentation will be on analytical applications and devices made of cerium-based mesoporous structures for sensing and environmental remediation.
Chemistry undergraduate honors student Maximillian Card '23 is one of four winners of the EAS Undergraduate Student Research Award. Card's presentation will be on boron nitride-based energy harvesting devices.
The Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) and Exposition, held annually in New Jersey, is attended by more than 2,500 scientists from industry, academia and government, including some of the world's leading authorities on analytical and bioanalytical chemistry.
EAS provides professional scientists and students an opportunity to network and gain exposure to analytical sciences through symposia, workshops and short courses, as well as general interest sessions for students and chemistry teachers.
‘It is highly unusual for the same research group to win two awards at the EAS symposium and I am excited that two of our students, both working on analytical chemistry projects in my lab, were selected for the graduate and undergraduate awards," says Andreescu. "It provides great exposure for Clarkson’s research and reputation."
Both students will be awarded travel expenses, accommodations, meals, and free registration for the Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exhibition in November in Plainsboro, N.J. The two students will also be offered an opportunity to display their research work in a poster session.
Several other students from Andreescu’s group, including McNair Scholars Kadija Crenshaw, Alexis Alexander and Jafar Sannie, and graduate students Reem Khan, Oluwatosin Popoola and Aqsa Khan, will also attend and present their research at the EAS symposium.
Chemistry Ph.D. student Reem Khan has received an American Chemical Society (ACS) graduate student award from the Division of Agricultural Chemistry ( AGRO) for her oral presentation submission to the 2021 Fall ACS National Meeting.
Khan will receive a monetary award, free meeting registration, and a gift card. The award recognizes students who work on projects that promote an understanding of the role of chemistry in agriculture. It is based on the student's resume and extended abstract describing the candidate’s research and impact on agriculture, public health and the environment.
"This award is a recognition of our research and Reem’s contribution to the development of measurement technologies for addressing key challenges in agriculture and the environment," says Andreescu.
Khan's presentation will discuss a low-cost ultrasensitive method for PFAS detection through electrochemistry. PFASs are a group of man-made chemicals, which are very persistent in the environment and human body, and can lead to adverse health effects.
Andreescu and her research team are developing inexpensive and easy-to-use devices that can eventually be deployed in the field to detect this class of emerging contaminants.