Research Symposium 2015

On April 3rd, our annual Research Symposium and Awards Day Ceremony was held in the Wisconsin room of UWM’s Student Union.graduate student council 2015The event was organized by our Graduate Student Council. The members were: Nina Yuan, Margaret Guthrie, Karl Koebke, Josie Corby and Kelly Teske. The event began with a welcome speech from Margaret Guthrie. This led to three poster sessions split by a catered lunch for students, guest, and judges. Posters were presented by graduate students, undergraduates, and high school students from Brookfield Central, Brown Deer, and Brookfield Academy High Schools.

Chancellor Mone Dr. Hamilton

Dean Rodney Swain from the College of Letters & Science and UWM’s Chancellor Mark Mone gave outstanding speeches highlighting the program and  accomplishments. Our special keynote speaker, Tracy Hamilton from the University of Alabama Birmingham, explained the “Chemistry of Coffee.” The day came to a conclusion with Dr. Kristen Murphy, assisted by other professors from the department, presenting the following awards to our amazing winners:

Kristen Murphy 2015 Rodney Swain

Undergraduate Awards:

  • Outstanding Performance in Introductory Chemistry: Mackenzie Wade
  • UWM Chemistry Award to a Chemistry Major for Outstanding Performance in Analytical Chemistry: Kelsey Holbert
  • UWM Chemistry Award to a Chemistry Major for Outstanding Performance in Biochemistry: Dianah Kornov
  • UWM Chemistry Award to a Chemistry Major for Outstanding Performance in Inorganic Chemistry: Liv Heidenreich
  • Peter Kovacic Scholarship in Organic Chemistry: Michael Sportiello
  • Ralf Vanselow Award to a Chemistry Major for Outstanding Performance in Physical Chemistry: Sean Bannier
  • Emeritus Chemistry Faculty Scholarship to the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major B. Richard Siebring Award: Elliot DiMilo
  • Outstanding Senior Chemistry Award: Kelsey Holbert
  • Durward Layde Memorial Fellowship: Christina Tersine


Kelsey Holbert 2015 Elliot DiMilo 2015
Dianah Kornov Christina Tersine
Sean Bannier Mackensie Wade
Micheal Sportiello Liv Heidenreich 2015

Graduate Awards:

  • Gloria Moczynski Student Teacher Award in Chemistry: Shalini Srinivasan
  • Sosnovsky Awards for Excellence in Graduate Research: Phani Babu & Kelly Teske
  • Faculty of the Year Award: 1st place-Dr. Woehl, 2nd place Drs. Arnold and Geissinger
Shalini Srinivasan 2015 Kelly Teske Phani Babu Sosnovsky Award

Graduate Posters:

  • 4th Place Chemistry Alumni Award for Graduate Research: Shalini Srinivasan
  • 3rd Place James T. McFarland Graduate Research Award: Ted Theuening
  • 1st and 2nd place: Lisa Mueller & Nina Yuan

Undergraduate Posters

  • 3rd place Chemistry Alumni Award for Undergraduate Research: Trevor Melkonian
  • 2nd place Chemistry Alumni Award for Undergraduate Research: Kelsey Holbert
  • 1st place James T. McFarland Undergraduate Research Award: Chris Goetz
Graduate Student Poster award winners 2015 Undergraduate Student Poster Award Winners 2015

Impressions of the symposium.

poster session