School of Engineering Jayhawk Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Jayhawk Engineering Research Symposium will be held on March 31st from 1:00-3:30 PM in Eaton Atrium. This symposium offers the opportunity for undergraduate engineering students to give oral or poster presentations about their research and share the exciting work they have been doing. All students are welcome and encouraged to register to give poster presentations. Students interested in giving an 8-10 minute oral presentation are asked to indicate their interest on their application and up to six students will be chosen for oral presentations. Students giving oral presentations will also be able to present posters during the poster presentation session, and posters will be printed for these students free of charge.

All presentations will be judged by a committee of faculty members and graduate students, and the top presenters in each division will be awarded cash prizes (1st place. Please email Annie Lynn if you have any questions. 

Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) Annual Research Competition

On April 20, 2017 the Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) will hold their Annual Research Competition. This event gives undergraduate and graduate engineering students the opportunity to present their research in a poster or presentation competition. Students apply online for the GEA Research Competition. Application deadline extended - due by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 10th. Students may participate in both the poster and/or presentation competition and cash prizes are awarded to top competitors by GEA. More information will be shared in March. Contact with questions about this event.  ​​

Society for Women Engineers (SWE) Mini-Research Conference

The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) will host a mini-research conference on Tuesday, April 4th at 5:30 PM in G411 where professors or their students will be giving a 5-minute presentation on their research lab. This will be a great opportunity to network with professors and graduate students. If you would like to participate, please email Elizabeth Peterson for more information. 

School of Engineering Rock Chalk Research Symposium

The School of Engineering is looking for current undergraduate and graduate researchers to present posters at our upcoming Research Symposium in Fall 2017. The event is geared towards students interested in graduate study or research opportunities and connects them to researchers in labs that are seeking additional students for current or upcoming projects (from any STEM field). It is open to any student who would like the opportunity to present or participate. The event is geared towards students and faculty in labs that are seeking additional student researchers for current or upcoming projects (from any STEM field), but it is open to any student who would like the opportunity to present. The school will also host a Graduate Programs Open House event that same day and undergraduate students may participate in both. Interested students should register to participate by October 1, 2017 for the fall event.

2016 Participating Researchers

Kyle Boone, Graduate Research Assistant in Bioengineering

Research Description: Peptide Design for Next Generation Biomaterials.
Student Research Lab Responsibilities: Bioinformatics, HPLC, Basic Bacteria Culture and other opportunities at the entry level.
Research Partner Expectations: Willingness to learn quickly; background in chemistry, biology and/or computer science are helpful.
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Conner Brown, Undergraduate Researcher in the Astroparticle Physics Lab

Research Description: Verification of Instruments Used in Antarctic High Altitude Balloon.
Student Research Lab Responsibilities: Construct and test properties of antennas, interface hardware with sensors, analyze data for verification of principles.

Krishna P. Ghimire, Graduate Research Assistant in Civil Engineering

Research Description: Anchorage of Conventional and High-Strength Headed Reinforcing Bars.
Student Research Lab Responsibilities: Specimen design, testing, analysis of results, and preparation of technical reports.
Research Partner Expectations:  Interest in RC structures.

Phani Gubbala, Graduate Teaching Assistant in Civil Engineering

Research Description: Effect on On-Ramp Demand on Capacity at Merge Bottleneck Locations.

Matthew Kavanaugh, Undergraduate Research completed at the University of Illinois

Title: Classifying Breast Cancer Tissue for Tumor Grade and Prognosis via Infrared Spectroscopy and Machine Learning​
Research Description:Using data acquired from FT-IR, my group developed classification systems for rapid, more objective diagnosis.​

Rachel Lietz & Cate Wisdom, Graduate Researchers in Bioengineering

Research Description:Controlling the bio-nanointerface of biomedical implants through engineered chimeric binding and antimicrobial peptides.

Megan Metz, Undergraduate Researcher in the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets

Research Description: Image Processing Techniques and the Role of Temperature in Antarctic Firn Stratigraphic Layering.

Sarah VanOosten, Graduate Research Assistant in Bioengineering

Research Description:Our group’s research is focused on tuning bio-nano interfaces using biomimetic principles of molecular recognition.​


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