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COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Come learn about the research going on in COSAM 

In an effort to promote the graduate research community within COSAM, the COSAM Interdisciplinary Colloquium was established by Dr. Frank Sturm, a Mathematics graduate student (PhD 2014), and Hector Corzo, a Chemistry graduate student, in the Spring of 2013. The Interdisciplinary Colloquium offers graduate students the opportunity to share their insights on their field of study and the impact of their research to a broader COSAM community. The talks given are brief, 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions, in hopes of encouraging participation of students from COSAM as well as the general Auburn student body. Each colloquium has 3 speakers from the various COSAM departments and is typically scheduled at 6 pm on the first or second Tuesday of the month during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in giving a talk at one of the upcoming colloquia please contact one of your COSAM GSC senators. For more information or any questions please contact Taylor Hall at

Upcoming Colloquia

Fall Semester

- September 4th, 2018

  • Shahriar Khan (Chemistry) - Superatomic nature of Sc(NH3)60,+: one and two electrons bound to the periphery of Sc(NH3)62+ core
  • Omar Lopez Ortiz (Physics) - A glimpse into fusion energy and magnetic confinement
  • Nick Soltis (Geosciences) - Digging into Discipline Based Education Research (DBER): Applications of Geoscience Education Research

- October 2nd, 2018

  • Robel Ghebreab (Chemistry) - Making Active recombinant Methyl-coenzyme M Reductase (MCR) in M. maripaludis
  • Malorie Hayes (Biology) - Discovering Diversity in the Southeastern United States
  • Ahmed Nemer (Physics) - The first evidence of enhanced recombination in planetary nebulae and the implications on photo-ionized plasmas and spectroscopy

- November 13th, 2018

  • Ismail Abdulrashid (Math) - Dynamical analysis of a chemotherapy model with time-delays
  • Nick Parr (Biology) - Shady Critters: One reef organism's dependence on its neighbors
  • Basiru Usman (Math) - Long term behavior of a random hopfield neural lattice model

Spring Semester

- February 5th, 2019

  • Andrew Owens (Math) - Edge Colorings Avoiding Rainbow Cycles
  • Isuru Aryarathna (Chemistry) - Aufbau Rules for Solvated Electron Precursors
  • Joseph Cortez (Math) - The Intersection Problem for Maximum Packings of Kn with 4-cycles

- March 5th, 2019

  • Curtis Johnson (Physics) - Spectroscopic Investigation of Tungsten Erosion in Fusion Plasmas
  • Gavin Shotts (Biology) - Alabama's Pollination Problems: When Rare Plants Can't Date and Mate
  • Al Emran (Geosciences) - Near and Thermal Infrared (NIR-TIR) Spectral Investigations of Siloe Patera, Mars

- April 2nd, 2019

Past Colloquia

Academic Year 2016-2017

Academic Year 2015-2016

- Academic Year 2014-2015

- Academic Year 2013-2014

- Academic Year 2012-2013

Last Updated: 02/25/2019