In late April, Clarion University STEM students, Samuel Showman and Andrew Baker gave research presentations at the highly renowned Material Research Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.
Showman is a junior biology major with a minor in physics and Baker is a senior physics student with minors in computer science and mathematics.
Showman was invited to give an oral presentation while Baker presented a poster; both students will have their findings published in the conference proceedings.
For undergraduate students to be invited to present research at the MRS (the most prestigious material science meeting in the world) is extremely rare. Furthermore, Baker received the Sustainable Energy and Fuels poster prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry, against competition from graduate students from institutions such as Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Both students have been working under the guidance of Dr. Helen Hampikian (biology) and Dr. Chunfei Li (physics) on an interdisciplinary research project funded by their National Science Foundation grant to study a novel type of nanoparticle. Both students also have co-authored several manuscripts and presentations, and Baker has presented his findings at other national conferences including the Microscopy and Microanalysis conference in Columbus, Ohio, the American Physical Society March Meeting, and the Western Pennsylvania American Association of Physics Teachers conference.
Baker completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Utah and served as an intern at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
Upon graduation this Saturday, Baker will go on to study for a Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Showman will continue his research on nanoparticles with Hampikian and Li at Clarion.