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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 Peter Traverso at

Upcoming Colloquia

Fall Semester

- September 13th 2016

  • Katherine Perry (Mathematics) - Seeking Rainbow Trees
  • Xinxing Ma (Physics) - Suppresion of density limit disruptions in a current-carrying stellarator
  • Carly Engel (Chemistry) - Investigating Flavin-Based Electron Bifurcation in Heterodisulfide (HDR)

- October 11th 2016

  • Dylan Reedy (Physics) - The many deaths of a water molecule
  • Safique Islam (Chemistry) - Radical Chain Reduction of CCl4 Initiated by Illumination of SPEEK Solutions
  • Samantha Smoot (Biology) - Life at Sea: Working as a Bering Sea Shellfish Fisheries Observer

- November 15th 2016

  • Curtis Johnson (Physics) - Ultraviolet spectroscopic measurements of high-Z plasma facing components
  • Jianzhen Liu (Mathematics) - Toeplitz matrices are unitarily similar to symmetric matrices
  • Xiangpeng Li (Chemistry) - “Mouse-on-a-chip” model for Diabetes research

Spring Semester

- February 7th 2017

  • Ana Dmytrejchuk Gil (Chemistry) - Conformationally restricted macrocyclic nucleosides for RNA-based therapeutic applications**
  • Nicholas Barbre (Geosciences) - Irrigation and Certificate of Use Compliance in the Wiregrass Region of Alabama
  • Taylor Hall (Physics) - Dust particle flows in the presence of imposed ordered structures

- March 7th 2017

  • Ana Dmytrejchuk Gil (Chemistry) - Conformationally restricted macrocyclic nucleosides for RNA-based therapeutic applications
  • Austin Bush (Geosciences) - Assessing Rainwater Harvesting Potential for Urban Multi-family Housing Developments in Auburn, AL using UAS
  • Matthew Galaska (Biology) - Crossing barriers: Admixure revealed across the Antarctic Polar Front in brittle star (Astrotoma agassizii) phylogeography

- April 4th 2017

  • Richard Strom (Physics) - Momentum Imaging Techniques for Dissociative Electron Attachment of the Carbon Tetrafluoride Molecule through Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS)
  • Breanna Sipley (Biology) - Genomics of parasites: investigating the evolution of blood parasitism in parasitic flatworms
  • Bin Yeh (Mathemtics) - Decomposing graphs with two associate classes into paths of length 3

**Moved to March 7th

Past Colloquia

Academic Year 2015-2016

- Academic Year 2014-2015

- Academic Year 2013-2014

- Academic Year 2012-2013

Last Updated: 03/28/2017