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SBIO Students Excel in Eastman Symposium

April 26, 2016 –  

By Kevin Edgar

On October 29, Eastman Chemical Company once again sponsored the annual Eastman Graduate Symposium in lignocellulosic chemistry at Virginia Tech. VT graduate students presented their research in posters and oral presentations for much of the day to fellow students, interested VT faculty, and Eastman visitors in the Kelly Hall lecture room. A team of Eastman and VT faculty judges had the difficult task at the end of the day of selecting the best oral presentations and poster from among those presented; everyone agreed that the students all gave outstanding presentations. Finally the winners were announced, and certificates, water bottles made from Eastman polymers, and cash awards were presented by the Eastman representatives to the winners. First place oral presentation was by Yifan Dong, a third year chemistry student in the Edgar lab. Second place oral presentation went to Shu Liu, also a third year chemistry student in the Edgar lab. The third place winner was Cigdem Arca, a fourth year student in the Edgar lab in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (MACR). The outstanding poster was by Chuck Wang, a second year MACR student in Chip Frazier’s group. Eastman has supported this great event for our students for seven years, and their continued support for our students is greatly appreciated.


SBIO Students excel in Eastman Symposium Awardees and attendees. Left to right Shu Liu (VT), Devin Barrett (Eastman), Cigdem Arca (VT), Kate Allen (Eastman), Chuck Wang (VT), Yifan Dong (VT), Wes McConnell (eastman)


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