The NASCENT ERC and CDCM MRSEC hosted an end of program Poster Symposium on Friday, July 26, for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) and Young Scholars programs. Over 40 students and teacher presented posters at the event, with 100+ attendees. The REU students participated in a poster competition, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd taking home cash awards. We would like to congratulated those top winners! Awardees listed below. Event held in the Engineering Education and Research building on the UT Austin campus.

REU Poster Competition Winners

1st Place
Ms. Gillian Boyce
Florida State University
Mentors: Dr. Jean Anne Incoriva, Suyogya Karki (Computer and Electrical Engineering)

Optimization of CoFeB Electrodes with a ScN Tunnel Barrier

2nd Place
Ms. Ka’Toria Edwards
The University of Texas at Dallas
Mentors: Dr. Yaguo Wang, Jihoon Jeong (Mechanical Engineering) 

The Characterization of Thermal Conductivity of Metal Nanoparticles

3rd Place
Ms. Natalie Goddard
Rice University
Mentors: Dr. Edward Yu, Alex De Palma & Claire Ganski (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Strain Dependence of Dark Excitons in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides