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Department celebrates graduate students at fourth annual symposium

Dozens of graduate students in the UIC Chemical Engineering Department gathered to discuss and celebrate their research at the department’s fourth annual Graduate Research and Career Symposium 2019 Nov. 1.

The event featured speed thesis talks, a research image competition, and a research poster competition. Graduate students also heard from several panels discussing how to be success researchers and graduate students and a workshop geared towards effective teaching and mentoring.

Winners from this year’s competition included:

High Impact Award

1.          Chen Wang (Nature Photonics, IF: 31.58)

2.          Songwei Che (ACS Nano, IF: 13.9)

3.          Aaditya Pendse (Small IF: 10.856)

High Productivity Award

1.          Jelena Dinic

2.          Pin Zhang

3.           Anish Dighe

Best TA Award

CHE 201             Ngoc Hoang Lan Nguyen

CHE 313             Yusra    Khalid

CHE 321             Balaji    Chidambara Kani Nishithan

Image Awards


  1. Alex and Fahed
  2. Lena Hasan


  1. Maryam Zaroudi

Poster Award

  1. Sheldon Cotts
  2. Yuechen Gao