UWM Physics Major Selected for “Posters on the Hill” in Washington, D.C.

Kirill Shmilovich, a UWM senior pursuing a double major in Physics and Mathematics, has been accepted to present his undergraduate research at the 22nd Annual “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington, D.C., presented by the Council on Undergraduate Research. This competitive event, in mid-April, provides students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their state representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research. Kirill is one of only 60 undergraduate student researchers chosen to present their work!

Here at UWM, Kirill works with Assistant Professor Ionel Popa in the Lab for Advanced Biopolymers and Nanomechanics of Proteins. His research focuses on mathematically modeling protein-based hydrogels, which have biomedical applications as artificial tissue and drug-delivery systems. Kirill, who is the recipient of UWM’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Biology and Mathematics and interned at MIT in Dr. Alexander-Katz’s Laboratory for Theoretical Soft Materials, has presented his work at seven conferences. He also maintains a personal blog where he communicates his passion for science through educational content.

Congratulations, Kirill and good luck in April in our nation’s capital!

Protein Hydrogel