Graduate Student Honored at Regional American Vacuum Society Meeting

Posted: September 19th, 2014


Fourth-year graduate student Morgan Hawker was recently honored with the Best Poster Award (consisting of a $500 cash award) at the annual Rocky Mountain Regional American Vacuum Society (AVS) Meeting in Denver.  Morgan, a chemistry education and materials graduate student who splits her time between Prof. Dawn Rickey’s group and Prof. Ellen Fisher’s group, presented her work from the Fisher group in a judged poster session on September 18.  Morgan’s poster focused on her work utilizing plasmas to create 3-dimensional bio-reactive and bio-nonreactive substrates to understand and prevent biofilm formation and potentially incorporate antimicrobial properties.  Her studies include evaluating the effects of different plasma treatments on cell and bacterial attachment, utilizing the Department’s new Central Instrument Facility (CIF)-based cell and bacterial culture lab as well as a range of surface analysis tools available in the CIF.  Results from these studies could have a significant impact on a range of biomedical applications such as tissue engineering, wound healing, and drug delivery systems.   A photograph and SEM image of the novel 3-D polymeric scaffolds employed by Morgan are pictured here.

In addition, Morgan and fellow fourth-year Fisher group graduate student Erin Stuckert have received Hoffman travel awards from the national AVS organization to attend the annual AVS International Symposium in Baltimore this November, where they will both be giving oral presentations on their research.  Erin’s work involves the development of highly sensitive and selective gas sensors based on nanostructured tin oxide architectures.

Kudos to the entire Fisher Group!