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Eastman Graduate Student Symposium at Virginia Tech

Dec. 12, 2011 –

By Kevin Edgar
On November 16, the fourth annual Eastman Graduate Student Symposium was held in the ICTAS 1 auditorium at Virginia Tech, showcasing the work of graduate students who work with polysaccharides as sustainable biomaterials in Wood Science and Forest Products, the interdisciplinary Macromolecular Science and Engineering program, and in Chemistry.

Eastman Graduate Student Symposium Back Row, from left: Kevin Edgar, Scott Renneckar, Wes McConnell, Daiqiang Xu, Siddhesh Pawar, Chen Qiang, Bin Li, Jung Ki Hong, Richard Johnson. Front Row, from left: Laurel Reitfort, Junia Pereira, Rob Haupt, Shuping Dong, Wei Zhang. Kneeling: Maren Roman

Nine students made oral presentations about their work to an audience of students, faculty, and Eastman representatives Dr. Laurel Reitfort and Dr. Wes McConnell. Over lunch, three other students made poster presentations about their work. At the end of the day a mixed Eastman/VT jury made the difficult decisions in assessing the quality of what everyone agreed was an outstanding group of presentations, best in the four year history of this symposium.
Jung-Ki Hong, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Maren Roman, made the first-place oral presentation. Siddhesh Pawar, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Kevin Edgar, had the second-place oral presentation. Ph.D. students Chao Wang (Professor Alan Esker) and Daiqiang Xu (Edgar) received awards of distinction for their oral presentations. Wei Zhang, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Scott Renneckar, had the first-place poster presentation. We appreciate Eastman’s generous support, including cash awards to the oral and poster winners.



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