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Faculty are always recognized for their research, but during Student Research Week, UCF turns the spotlight toward students. At the Student Scholar Symposium, the main event of Student Research Week, more than 800 students with over 600 projects present their research to their peers, faculty, staff and judges who award the top poster presentations.

This year, more than 80 projects were presented by students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and several of them won top awards during the two-day symposium. Winners include students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering or students who are mentored by MSE faculty:

  • Disha Iyengar, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences
    “Infection Resistant Snail Mucin-Based Hydrogels for Would Healing Applications”
    Faculty Advisor: Kausik Mukhopadhyay
  • Pritha Sarkar, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
    “An Antimicrobial Self-Conforming Silicone-Based Sponge for Rapid Hemostatic Treatment”
    Faculty Advisor: Kausik Mukhopadhyay
  • Roshna Cherugail Ramadoss, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Pre-Clinical
    “Development of Cerium Oxide Based Polymer Composites for Wound Healing Applications”
    Faculty Advisor: Elayaraja Kolanthai
  • Deepa Shah, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
    “Silver-Modified Nanoscale Cerium Oxide Acts as a Bacteriostatic Disinfectant Against Clostridioides Difficile Vegetative Cells and Spores” (Judges’ Choice)
    Faculty Advisors: William Self and Sudipta Seal

Student Research Week ends with the Excellence Awards, which recognizes the academic achievements of UCF students as well as the efforts of their faculty mentors. Here are the CECS winners at the university level, many of whom will also be honored during the Founder’s Day ceremony:

  • Samantha Stoltz, Bachelor of Science in Biology – Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award
    Faculty Advisor: Sudipta Seal