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Successful UCF graduate students from this year’s Graduate Research Forum and 3-Minute Thesis Competitions presented their research and competed for top honors in the state this week at the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium.

The symposium, hosted by the Florida International University on behalf of the Florida Council of Graduate Deans, aims to promote the important role graduate education plays in driving new knowledge and the economy in Florida and beyond.

UCF had seven graduate students participate in poster presentations at the symposium, while two students participated in the 3-Minute Thesis Competition.

Emmanuel Okogbue, a Ph.D. student in Professor Yeonwoong Jung’s group received first place in the engineering category for his poster, “2D PtSe2 Layer Kirigami Conductors with 2000% Stretchability Enabled by Direct CVD Growth on Polymeric Substrates.”

Graduate students representing nine universities from across Florida showcased their creative projects and research through poster presentations and a 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Most of the students had already earned top marks in their category from their own respective university graduate research competitions.