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COSAM Graduate Student Research Forum (Formerly '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. Effective from Spring 2023, it is renamed as COSAM Graduate Student Research Forum. This forum 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 15 minutes of time, which encompasses a 12-minute-long presentation followed by a 3-minute-long discussion. Student participation is encouraged. Each colloquium has at least three speakers from the departments in COSAM. Catered food is freely served to all starting at 12 PM 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 any of the hosts: Prosenjit Ray (, Nafiul Huda (, Ishveen Kaur (, and Kaitlyn Murphy (

Past Colloquia

Fall 2022 Semester

September 13th, 2022 (5:30-6:30 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Atonu Chakrabortty (Biological Sciences): 
    Unraveling the mystery of CAV2 tropism
  • Ishveen Kaur (Biological Sciences): 
    Plant Secondary metabolites adversely impact the growth and development of insect herbivores 

October 18th, 2022 (5:30-6:30 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Megan Maloney (Biological Sciences):
    Is it hot in here? Not for Cassiopea! The potential role of phenotypic plasticity in driving jellyfish proliferation in response to global change
  • Syeda Nazifa Tasneem (Geosciences):
    Tropical Cyclone Vulnerability Assessment in South Asia: Focusing Coastal Areas of Bangladesh
  • Wonil Choi (Biological Sciences):
    The Effects of Hypoxia during Embryonic Development in Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata)

November 15th, 2022 (5:30-6:30 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Chidozie Ugochukwu (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Investigating sulfur starvation response in Pseudomonas aeruginosa using omics tools
  • Jalaan Avritte (Physics):
    Machine-Learning Potential based molecular dynamics simulations of neutron scattering spectra
  • Orobola Olajide (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Ambient Ionization Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry for Rapid and accurate diagnosis of Infectious diseases


Upcoming Colloquia

Spring 2023 Semester 

February 15th, 2023 (12:00-1:00 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Roger Dorris (Physics): 
    Characterization of Runaway Electrons in CTH
  • Cao Kha Doan (Mathematics and Statistics):
    Low regularity integrators for semilinear parabolic equations with maximum bound principles
  • Haylie Mikulak (Geosciences):
    Undergraduate Students’ Sense of Belonging During Atmospheric Science Studies and Its Influence on Career Trajectory
  • Eleanor Williamson (Physics):
    Spectroscopic measurement of gas density in a low temperature argon plasma

March 14th, 2023 (12:30-1:30 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Sydney Wayne (Biological Sciences):
    Influence of maternal hydration on embryo responses to varying hydric conditions during development of the brown anole
  • Kacey Ortiz (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Rhodium Catalytic Methods for Asymmetric Dearomatization of Activated Nitrogen Heterocycles & Application in Total Synthesis
  • Swapneal Jain (Physics): 
    Wavelength dependent laser annealing of Zinc Oxide thin films
  • Dogancan Yasar (Geosciences):
    Polymetamorphic evolution of the Western Blue Ridge Terrane
  • Chris Norris (Biological Sciences):
    Brown anole populations in low structure environments exhibit a greater plastic response for body size compared to populations from high structure environments

April 19th, 2023 (12:00-1:00 PM); Room # SCC 115

  • Segun Obisesan (Chemistry and Biochemistry): 
    Application of biomimicry to solve 21st century energy challenges: Reduction of dioxygen to water using a Bioinspired Fe (II) electrocatalyst
  • Yuyan Yi (Mathematics and Statistics):
    CW_ICA: An Efficient Dimensionality Selection Method for Independent Component Analysis
  • Andresa Bezerra (Chemistry and Biochemistry):
    Droplet based microfluidic systems for studying enzyme dynamics and endocrine tissue
  • Colby Muir (Mathematics and Statistics):
    Word Representability in Hasse Diagrams
  • Md Riaz Uddin (Geosciences):
    Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Contaminant Groundwater and Sediments from Coastal Aquifers of Southwest Bangladesh

Past Colloquia

Academic Year 2021-2022

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: 02/15/2023