Fourth-year Chemical and Biomolecular engineering Ph.D. student Steve Kuei received the Langmuir Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award at the American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science meeting in June. He was one of only five students to receive an award, out of more than 50 entries.
“My research is a mixture of experimental and numerical approaches,” said Kuei. “Taking inspiration from computational models, I study the dynamics of flexible fibers in a fluid environment, using an experimental colloidal chain system. I want to understand the details of a single fiber, with an ultimate goal of linking these details back to the bulk phenomenon that have been seen in biological and industrial polymer systems.”
Kuei attended the meeting with his advisor, Lisa Biswal, and four other Rice Ph.D. students. He said that presenting a poster is a stressful experience, but it does have a great advantage. “I get a lot of direct feedback and ideas when I am discussing my work one-on-one, especially when people from different fields bring their expertise to the table,” he said.
Kuei received a certificate commemorating his award, as well as a cash prize.