XULA BUILD Project Pathways trainees present research virtually

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By Regi Reyes

Gregory Hodge

Three Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) BUILD Project Pathways Trainees recently participated in virtual presentations of their research during online conferences.

Gregory Hodge (‘19) and Kayla Strong (‘20) both participated in the fall 2020 Applied Polymer Technology Extension Consortium (APTEC) 8th Annual Research Symposium. Hosted by neighboring institution Tulane University and organized by a student board, the conference was held virtually on November 6th and 7th. The symposium is designed to promote polymer science research and education in the Gulf South. Normally, participation in the symposium is limited to local participants, but this year, the virtual platform allowed participants from across the southeastern United States.

Kayla Strong

Hodge presented a research poster titled “PEGylation of monodisperse bisMPA nanomaterials for drug delivery applications,” and Strong’s presentation was for her work with “Investigating the Structure-Property Relationships of Phosphonium-Based Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.”

From November 9-15, trainee Taylor Perry-Crawford attended the virtual 21st Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA).  Perry-Crawford’s research, “The Determinants of HIV-Testing Following a Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Exam,” was featured during the meeting on November 9.

Although very different from a traditional, in-person event, these virtual conferences provided the trainees with valuable experience presenting their research.

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