Dr. Rena Bizios Poster Award: This award program honors Rena Bizios, a founding and active member of the BIoInterfaces SIG and recognizes outstanding BioInterfaces research by graduate students. Anand Vakil, a fourth-year Ph.D. student, received first place for his work on temporally-controlled drug release from shape memory polymers. Natalie Petryk won second place in the competition for her research on tuning foam interconnectivity.
Biomaterials Education Challenge: This competition involves presenting a poster with an educational module that is designed for middle school students. The objectives are to
- Improve widespread understanding of biomaterials-related science and careers in the middle school population.
- Encourage SFB student chapters to participate in K-8 outreach efforts.
- Reward the communication skills and creativity of the next generation of biomaterials researchers and educators.
As representatives of the Syracuse University SFB student chapter, Maryam Ramezani and Anand Vakil earned first place in this competition for their presentation on using cakes to teach concepts about polymers and foam fabrication. This award provides $1,500 for the student chapter to use for further development of outreach activities.