Five win CERS grants and awards

Five engineering students, from undergraduate to doctoral level, received College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) awards this year.

The eighth annual CERS was held April 5 at the Nittany Lion Inn. The symposium is a student-run event that provides a venue for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering to showcase the research being conducted at Penn State.

It features oral paper and poster presentations, covering topics including systems, control and communication, biomedical sciences, mechanics of materials, data analysis and signal processing, energy and the environment, simulation and mathematical modeling and future technology and advanced design.

Two students tied for the first-place Graduate Paper. Russell Powers, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, and Chelsey Zacherl, a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, both earned the award. They each received a $1,200 research and travel grant.

Anjum Parkar, a doctoral candidate in the intercollege graduate degree program in bioengineering, won Best Graduate Poster, as well as a $750 research and travel grant.

The Best Undergraduate Paper was awarded to Ramal Janith Samarasinghe, a mechanical engineering undergraduate student. He received a $1,000 research and travel grant.

Sara Goots, an undergraduate student in environmental systems and engineering, earned Best Undergraduate Poster and a $750 research and travel grant.

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Last Updated May 03, 2011