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COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Come learn about the research of COSAM graduate students!

In an effort to share the research conducted by graduate students in COSAM with others in the research community, two then-graduate students, Dr. Frank Sturm (PhD Mathematics, 2014) and Dr. Hector Corzo (PhD Chemistry, 2017), established the COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium series in 2013. The Interdisciplinary Colloquium series offers graduate students in COSAM the opportunity to share their insights on their field of study and their research with the broad COSAM community. The given talks are brief; each speaker is allocated 20 minutes of time, which encompasses a 15-minute-long presentation followed by a 5-minute-long discussion. Student participation is encouraged. Each colloquium has three speakers from the departments in COSAM. Catered food is freely served to all starting at 5PM and presenters are awarded a small gift and a certificate of participation from the Dean of COSAM. 

If you are interested in giving a talk at one of the upcoming colloquia or if you have any questions, please contact a COSAM GSC senator or either of the co-hosts: Thomas Deskins ( and Prosenjit Ray (


Upcoming Colloquia

Fall Semester

September 14th, 2021 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Chidinma Lucy Odili (Chemistry and Biochemistry): 
    Studies on the Post-Translational Modifications of Methyl Coenzyme M Reductase (MCR)
  • Kyle Lesinger (Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences): 
    Spatiotemporal Variability of Flash Droughts in the Continental United States
  • Nirob Saha (Chemistry and Biochemistry): 
    The Development of Pi-Extension Strategies for the Conversion of Strained Benzenoid Macrocycles to Curved, PAH Segments of Carbon Nanotubes

October 5th, 2021 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Rezoanul Islam (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Solvent Dependent Spectroscopic and Electrochemical Studies of Nickel (II) Diethyldithiocarbamate for Energy Storage
  • Nafiul Huda (Biological Sciences):
    The Sex Dimorphic Effects of Reduced Insulin Signaling on Food Consumption in Adult Drosophila Melanogaster

November 9th, 2021 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Segun Obisesan (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Oxygen reduction using a novel Cobalt (II) complex with redox active ligands
  • Emma Rhodes (Biological Sciences):
    Mitochondria and Migration

Spring Semester 

February 8th, 2022 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Sana Karbalaei (Chemistry and Biochemistry): 
    Quinol-containing Compounds Act as Antioxidants and MRI Contrast Agent Sensors for Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Maria Amarakristi Onyido (Mathematics and Statistics): 
    Spreading Speeds of Nonlocal Fisher-KPP equations in almost periodic environment
  • Chris Norris (Biological Sciences): 
    Lizards that experience early seasonal environments during development have reduced survival in low structure habitat

March 1st, 2022 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Shawn Yates (Biological Sciences): 
    The Role of a Conserved Viral Regulatory Protein in Promoting Host Cell Death

April 5th, 2022 (5:30-6:30PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Niharika Dalpati (Chemistry and Biochemistry): 
    Nickel dithiocarbamate complexes as redox mediator in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

  • Md Riaz Uddin (Geosciences): 
    Geochemical and mineralogical studies of salt water-intruded and Arsenic (As)-contaminated coastal aquifers of southwestern Bangladesh

Past Colloquia

Academic Year 2020-2021

Academic Year 2019-2020

Academic Year 2018-2019

Academic Year 2016-2017

Academic Year 2015-2016

- Academic Year 2014-2015

- Academic Year 2013-2014

- Academic Year 2012-2013

Last Updated: 04/05/2022