Graduate News & Events

Ph.D. Candidate Olasehinde Owoseni Awarded 2nd Place October 31, 2014

Olasehinde Owoseni Olasehinde Owoseni was awarded 2nd place for the Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Competition for his paper entitled, “Release of Surfactant Cargo from Interfacially-Active Halloysite Clay Nanotubes for Oil Spill Redemption”. He will receive a plaque, $300 and will be invited to attend the Cecil Lecture and also the Division's Dinner at the national meeting in Atlanta. Of this honor, Owoseni said, "The award is a timely motivation for my continuing research in understanding the fundamental principles of colloidal and interfacial phenomena and how the knowledge gained can be useful in tackling real world problems such as oil spills.”

Three SSE Graduate Students Named Schlumberger Scholars July 2014

Schlumberger, which is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Schlumberger supplies a wide range of products and services from formation evaluation through directional drilling, well cementing and stimulation, well completions and productivity to consulting, software, information management and IT infrastructure services that support core industry operational processes.

Earlier this year, Schlumberger donated $25,000 to support undergraduate and graduate students at the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. Faculty in relevant disciplines nominated students for summer research support. The selected graduate fellows are George Ezeh, a doctoral student who works with Kyriakos Papadopoulos in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), Michael Hopkins, a masters student who works with Nancye Dawers in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EENS), and Alex Breaux, a doctoral student in EENS who works with Alex Kolker at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Undergraduate students Ben Rosenthal (Engineering Physics) and Laurent DelaFontaine (CBE) also are fellows.

Graduate Degrees Awarded in Science and Engineering May 2014


Among the  recipients of Science and Engineering degrees, 37 earned the Doctor of Philosophy and 87 earned the Master of Science degrees.

SSE Graduate Students Mentor at the Zurich Classic May 1, 2014

ChevronSTEMZone_330The Chevron STEM Zone at the Zurich Classic engaged children in learning scientific concepts through golf, including aerodynamics and energy. Doctoral students Megan Woods (Chemistry) and Layla Freeborn (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) participated as mentors.

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Biomedical Engineering Teams win Business Model Competition April 14, 2014

041414_biz-model_330_cgBiomedical Engineering doctoral students Elaine Horn-Ranney and Parastoo Khoshakhlagh founded the start-up company Tympanogen, which developed a gel patch for repairing chronic perforations in the ear's tympanic membrane. Their plan won the $25,000 first prize, and went on to win at the larger competition at Rice University. The $10,000 second prize went to InVision Biomedical, another Tulane SSE team.

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Science and Engineering Research Day  April 10, 2014


The School of Science and Engineering Poster session featured nearly 100 posters by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Graduate student finalists who presented their work to a judging panel included Krista Jankowski from Earth and Environmental Sciences, Taufique Hassan from Physics, Felicia Huynh from Cell and Molecular Biology, Franz Hoffmann from Math, Oliver Miller from Neuroscience, and Sara Lipshutz from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Health Sciences Research Days  April 3, 2013

DSC_2501_2[1]At Tulane's 2014 Health Sciences Research Days, The Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research and Presentation by a Graduate Student was awarded to Mohammad Azimi from Biomedical Engineering for his work entitled A novel ex vivo tissue culture assay for determining the effects of anti-tumor drugs on angiogenesis. The Award for Research in Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine went to graduate student Annie Bowles from Cell and Molecular Biology for her work entitled Therapeutic administration of stromal vascular fraction in the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis mouse, a model of multiple schlerosis. Finally, the Award for Research in Aging went to Aging Studies student Sandeepa Sur for her work entitled Neural correlates of attentional control in a Simon task with Psychology professor Ed Golob.

Abstracts from HSRD can be found here.


State of the Coast Conference  March 21, 2014

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Jessica Henkel, a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, won first place in the Graduate Oral Presentation category at the 2014 State of the Coast conference.  Her talk was entitled  "Potential impacts of sea-level rise on the migration ecology of shorebirds on the Northern Gulf of Mexico."

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Breast Cancer Startup Challenge March 2014

Breast-cancer-challenge_330[1]Biomedical engineering doctoral student Parastoo Khoshakhlagh and her colleagues in the medical school were one of two Tulane teams to win the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge.

Forte Scholarship Awarded to BME Grad Student January 22, 2014

Second Year Doctoral Student Awarded Scholarship by The Louisiana Engineering Society Kate Elfer, a second year doctoral student in Professor Quincy Brown’s lab, was awarded a $2000 scholarship by the Louisiana Engineering Society at their meeting in Lafayette.

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Psychology introduces Behavioral Health 4+1 program Spring 2014

Slide1Behavioral health is a broad term generally understood to subsume mental health, substance use disorders, and health related behaviors.  Read more.

Sehinde Owoseni Wins 1st Place September 10, 2013

Sehinde Owoseni Wins 1st PlaceSehinde Owoseni, a graduate student working with Prof. Vijay John, presented a talk entitled, "Using concepts of salt bridging to rapidly synthesize hollow silica microspheres in a surfactant-aided aerosol process", and was awarded 1st place for his presentation at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 as part of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division Graduate Award Symposia.

EEB graduate students secure fellowships September 2013


Three doctoral students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology secured competitive extramural fellowships to support their work.

Nathan Cooper was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution to investigate how food availability and conspecific density interact to influence the territorial behavior, body condition, and migratory performance of the American Redstart during the non-breeding season in Jamaica. He is working with Dr. Peter Marra in the Migratory Bird Center.

Jessica Henkel secured an EPA-Star fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency. She is examining the effects of global change on the migration ecology of shorebirds on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The work will demonstrate the multiple ways in which global change can affect ecosystems and population, particularly threatened coastal habitats and bird species. Jessica is currently working with Dr. Caz Taylor.

Sara Lipshutz secured a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She is exploring how sexual selection drives speciation in a hybrid zone of sex-role-reversed, polyandrous birds. Sara currently is working with Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry.


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Graduate Degrees Awarded in Science and Engineering May 17, 2013


Recipients of graduate degrees from the School of Science and Engineering [August 2012, December 2012, and May 2013] comprised 56 Doctors of Philosophy and 101 Masters of Science degrees.

Science and Engineering Research Day  April 11, 2013

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The School of Science and Engineering Poster session featured 88 posters by graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. A first prize for the best graduate student poster was awarded to Daniel Bayless from Psychology for his work entitled Mechanism by which neonatal testosterone exposure mediates sex differences in impulsivity in prepubertal rats.

The Poster Session also awarded several honorable mentions for graduate student posters: Elizabeth Chamberlain from Earth and Environmental Sciences, Zejing Xu from Chemistry, Felicia Huynh from Cell and Molecular Biology, Will Glindmeyer from Biomedical Engineering, and Rubo Zheng from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Health Sciences Research Days  April 3, 2013

DSC_2501_2[1]At Tulane's 2013 Health Sciences Research Days, The Dean of the School of Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Research and Presentation by a Graduate Student was awarded to Theresa Phamduy from Biomedical Engineering for her work entitled Effect of pattern configuration and spacing on migratory potential of breast cancer cells in co-culture with fibroblasts


PEP doctoral student receives IAEI Fellowship Award October 2012


The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) established an award in the honor of George Wilbur Flach. Mr. Flach graduated from Tulane University in 1949 with a degree in electrical engineering. He went on to have a distinguished career in the electrical industry and served as a mentor to many engineers. He published the book Changes in the 1981 National Electrical Code and regularly published articles on electrical safety. Mr. Flach passed away in 2009 at the age of 88.

At their 2012 meeting in New Orleans, IAEI presented the inaugural fellowship in honor of George Flach to Jin Hu. Jin, a doctoral student in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, conducts research on superconductors under the direction of Professor Zhiqiang Mao. Jin anticipates completion of the Ph.D. degree in December 2012. He is pictured here at the IAEI banquet with Mr. Flach’s son Bryan and daughter-in-law Dawnelle.

Seeking Scientists with Business Sense October 2012

Donald P. Gaver is looking for serious science students who possess and penchant for taking entrepreneurial risks.  Gaver, the Alden J. "Doc" Laborde professor and chair of biomedical engineering, is directing a new interdisciplinary PhD program in bioinnovation at Tulane University.

Louisiana Engineering Society Fellowships October 2012

Katie Russell, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Molly Goss, Department of Biomedical Engineering were selected as the 2012 recipients of Women's Auxiliary to the Louisiana Engineering Society fellowships. Established in 1952, the fellowship fund supports graduate students in the Tulane engineering disciplines.

National Science Foundation Fellowships September 2012

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships provide 3-year graduate stipends to outstanding students who submit compelling proposals prior to completion of 12 months of graduate study. Four doctoral students in the School of Science and Engineering are recent recipients of NSF fellowships:

Cooper Battle, in the Department of Chemistry, is developing bifunctional therapeutic agents that do not rely on covalent enzymatic transformations. He currently is working with Dr. Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah.

Luke Browne, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is examining how anthropogenic forces (e.g., forest fragmentation) change plant and animal communities. He currently is working with Dr. Jordan Karubian.

Kate Elfer, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is working with Dr. Quincy Brown to create a visible light imaging system that will give surgeons real-time information on tissue/organ damage when blood-flow to organs has been cut off during surgery.

Stef Simon, in the Department of Psychology, is exploring how confronting strategies may be an effective coping strategy for targets of discrimination and prejudice. She currently is working with Dr. Laurie O’Brien

TUlane Magazine: Letter from the Editor Summer 2012

The Letter from The Editor in the Summer edition of the TUlane Magazine featured the new Bioinnovation Ph.D. program in the School of Science and Engineering.

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Doctoral Student Wins Gates Foundation Grant Summer 2012

Lakhinder Kamboj

Lakhinder Kamboj, a doctoral student in Noshir Pesika’s laboratory submitted a winning proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation netting a $100,000, Round 8 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant.

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Bioinnovation Ph.D. Program Announced July 2012

A new interdisciplinary graduate program in Bioinnovation will train Ph.D. students in translational research that develops innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex biomedical problems. Funded by the NSF through the IGERT mechanism, Ph.D. Fellows will conduct research in the Schools of Science & Engineering and Medicine; additional programmatic links with the Schools of Business and Law and with the FDA will further prepare trainees for careers as leaders at the interface of academia and industry.

State of the Coast Conference June 2012

Earth and Environmental Sciences students Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, Krista Jankowski, and Jonathan Marshak presented posters at the State of the Coast Conference

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Deep-water Basin Experiments June 2012

Ph. D. student, Jane Stammer, conducts research in Sediment Dynamics Lab

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Graduate Degrees Awarded in Science and Engineering May 2012

Graduate Degrees Awarded in Science and Engineering

Among the 422 recipients of Science and Engineering degrees, 23 earned the Doctor of Philosophy and 81 earned the Master of Science degrees.

Graduate student awards at SSE Research Day and Health Sciences Research Days April 2012

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Sun’s Rays Fuel Bright Idea for Cleaner Drinking Water April 2012

Medical student Olivia Chang and Chemical & Biomedical Engineering grad student Alex Girau develop a plastic container that uses solar energy to purify drinking water


Researchers Use Crawfish Shells and Sugar Cane to Clean Contaminated Groundwater February 2012

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BME Grad Student Follows in His Father’s Footsteps November 2011

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The Glow Means No! October 2011

A research team including Ph.D. student Justin Yeager of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology examines a millipede's glowing warning sign.


Graduate Student Awarded Prize at HENAAC Conference October 8, 2011

Jose Martin Sosa

Jose Martin Sosa, a BME graduate student, was awarded an $800 cash prize in the Graduate Level Math/Science Technical category for a poster presentation at the 2011 The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference. Sosa, a student in Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas' lab, was first author of "The relationship between measures of RBC deformability and their ability to perfuse an artificial microvascular network."

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A Tale of Two Fellowships September 2011

Psychology Ph.D. student Stefanie Simon submitted graduate fellowship proposals to both the National Science Foundation and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, and was offered both of them

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