Jan. 22, 2015 – On November 6, 2014, Eastman Chemical Company sponsored the 6th annual Eastman Graduate Symposium at Virginia Tech, showcasing the work of VT graduate students working in fields related to polysaccharide chemistry. Nine Ph.D. students from SBIO as well as from the Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR) interdisciplinary program enjoyed the experience of making oral presentations about their work, with many VT faculty members in attendance, as well as Drs. Larry Brammer and Devin Barrett from Eastman's technical group. The entire group enjoyed an Eastman-sponsored lunch and then an afternoon session, followed by the awards presentation. Ruoran Zhang of Prof. Edgar's group won first prize for her oral presentation, with Xing Yang of Dr. Frazier's group taking second place. Cigdem Arca and Xiangtao Meng of Dr. Edgar's group were tied for the third place presentation, and all students received from Eastman commemorative certificates as well as Eastman water bottles and other useful items. We greatly appreciate Eastman's continuing support of our students.