Five of the eight graduate students selected to participate in the 2017-18 SCI-STAR (Student Training for Advising Research) program of the Smalley-Curl Institute are in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
Each student submitted a proposal for original research to be conducted this academic year. Each will recruit and mentor an undergraduate student to serve as a collaborator in the research project. In partnership with the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, each will participate in leader development training during the year. The students, their majors, proposals and advisers are:
Madeleine Gomel, bioengineering (BIOE): “Improving the Lifespan of Bioprosthetic Heart Valves with PEGDAA-Based Coating”; Jane Grande-Allen, Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and department chair.
Daniel Gonzales, electrical and computer engineering (ECE): “Whole-Brain Imaging of Spontaneous Behavioral State Transitions”; Jacob T. Robinson, assistant professor of ECE and of BIOE.
Jason Guo, BIOE: “Thiolated Poly(ε-caprolactone) Macromers for ‘Click’ Conjugation of Biomolecules”; Antonios Mikos, Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Sarah Hewes, BIOE: “Coronary Artery Extruder”; Jane Grande-Allen, Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and department chair.
Sandhya Susarla, materials science and nanoengineering: “Two-dimensional quaternary transition metal di-chalcogenide alloys”; Pulickel Ajayan, Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering and department chair.
The grant will provide a summer stipend for each participating undergraduate and funds for project-related expenses. During the SCI Summer Research Colloquium in 2018, results from each project will be presented as a poster by the undergraduate researcher. A travel award will be given to the best research team.
The other SCI-STAR recipients are in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences:
Sara Nizzero, applied physics; Dayne Swearer, chemistry; Li Yang, physics and astronomy. The Smalley-Curl Institute was created in 2015 from the merger of the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Rice Quantum Institute.