Szu-Chun Chen (BME, 5th year) was awarded first place for her undergraduate research poster at the NanoBio Summit held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from October 15-16, 2015. She was awarded a year subscription to American Scientist and a check for $300. Chen was invited to present her poster at the NanoBio Summit after placing third in the 2015 Summer Research Expo at UAB.
Her project, Poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) based Multilayers for Drug Delivery with Temperature-gated Permeability, was conducted over the summer at UAB as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program. During her 12 weeks at UAB, Chen worked with Eugenia Kharlampieva, assistant professor in the department of chemistry.
Chen has participated in undergraduate research at Armour College of Engineering for two semesters through the Armour R&D program. She was awarded the Highest Overall Score Award at the Annual Armour R&D Expo in the spring of 2015 for her Health-themed PURE project, Effects of Angiogenic Peptide Loaded Nanoparticle on Scaffold Neovascularization. The research was completed in the lab of Georgia Papavasiliou, associate professor of biomedical engineering.