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Did you know that all proceeds from our Symposium go to fund our students and Polymer Science program at USM?  Your continuing support and participation at our symposium supports the FUTURE of the polymer science industry. 

Meet some of our polymer science students who portray the intellectual potential, strength of character, and love of learning that has exemplified the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Polymers and Engineering since 1969.

We are proud to offer the first in a series of student highlights that enables you to interact and see the students and their work.  We encourage feedback and suggestions as we build this program.


2017-18 Student Highlights


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Erin Crater

Polymer Science BS

Erin is a sophomore student in the Azoulay Research Group and her current research focuses on highly sensitive, conjugated polymer-based sensors capable of selectively detecting phosphate in complex aqueous environments. Erin has received several awards for her poster presentations. She was also awarded The University of Southern Mississippi’s Outstanding Freshman for 2017 as well as being honored as the 2017-2018 Woods Presidential Scholar. 

Brooke Payne

Polymer Science BS

Brooke is a senior student in the Morgan Research Group. Her current research focuses on on synthesizing anionic, acrylamide-based polymers via aqueous reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (aRAFT) for determination of structure/binding interactions with the protein gliadin and other food-based proteins. She was awarded the 2015 Freshman Chemistry Award and is a keystone scholar in the Honors College.

 

Delaney Clouse

Polymer Science BS

Delaney is a senior student in the Thames-Rawlins Research Group. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of polymer matrix composition and structure in the development of interfaces and corrosion protection of multi-layer coatings systems. She is the recipient of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers Lee Magnon Memorial Scholarship as well as The Shelby F. Thames and Shirley D. Thames Scholarship for High Ability Students Endowment.

 

Alexandra Ivey

Polymer Science BS

Alexandra is a senior student in the Thames-Rawlins Research Group. Her current research focuses on the synthesis of a series of hydrogels, that vary in particle size and chemical composition through changing the crosslinker to understand water absorption properties to eventually be incorporated into model polymeric matrices to mitigate water diffusion to the coating-substrate interface. She is the winner of the 2017-2018 Southern Society of Protective Coatings Scholarship Award.

 

Russell Vick

Polymer Science BS

Russell is a senior student in Thames-Rawlins Research Group. His research focuses on increasing understanding of the film formation process and characterization efficiency of aminopropyl triethoxy silane (APS), an alkoxy silane based metal surface pretreatment. He was awarded the 2015 Most Outstanding Freshman Award, and is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College.

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Kaden Stevens

Polymer Science BS

Kaden is a senior student in the McCormick Research Group. His current research focuses on RAFT polymerization of sulfonamide containing statistical copolymers to create pH responsive polysoaps for hydrocarbon sequestration. He was awarded first place at the Waterborne Symposium Student Poster Session in 2017, as well as third place in the USM Undergraduate Research Symposium Material and Structures Category.

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Harrison Livingston

Polymer Science BS

Harrison is a senior student in the Storey Research Group. His current research focuses on utilizing azide-alkyne “click” chemistry to develop specialty pre-polymer components to ensure safer working environments for factory personnel. He also works with pre-polymer components that utilize the copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne “click” chemistry for development of an out of autoclave method to cure carbon fiber composites. He has received both the Dean's list and the President's list award and was a finalist for Freshman of the Year in 2015.

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Nathaniel Prine

Polymer Science BS

Nathaniel is a senior student in the Storey Research Group. His current research focuses on developing novel, out-of-autoclave curable systems via photo-initiated azide-alkyne cycloaddition to aid in the manufacturing of aerospace composites. He has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Junior in the College of Science and Technology, 2017 Polymer Science Undergraduate Student of the Month as well as receiving an Honorable Mention for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in both 2016 and 2017.

Roger Dias

Polymer Science BS

Roger is a junior student in the Wiggins Research Group. His research focuses on the synthesis of controlled polyacryonitrile precursor for carbon fibers through RAFT polymerization. He was awarded 1st place in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at the 2017 Mississippi Academy of Sciences Symposium, and is also a Presidential Scholar.

 
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William Martin

Polymer Science BS

William is a senior student in the Patton Research Group. His current research focuses on the synthesis of degradable        thiol-ene thermosets with incorporation of antimicrobial aldehyde containing essential oils. He won first place in the Waterborne Symposium Student Poster Competition in 2016, and placed third in the same competition in 2017. He was awarded second place in the 80th Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition as well as The USM Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Competition in 2016.

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Sarah Swilley

Polymer Science BS

Sarah is a senior student in the Patton Research Group. Her current research focuses on synthesizing a library of UV curable monomers with degradable acetals from various antimicrobial aldehydes and then subsequently photopolymerizing the monomers into homogeneous thiol-ene networks. She won second place in the Waterborne Symposium Student Poster Competition in 2017. She also won second place best poster presentation at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

For more information how you can get involved, please contact: 

Melanie Heusser: 601-266-4475

CoatingTech's Spotlight on USM's Polymer Science and Engineering Students

Originally Appeared in January 2013 Issue of Coatings Tech, pp 40-44