Materials science major and Barrett Honors College and FURI student Rishi Choksi attended the Spring 2015 Materials Research Society Meeting in San Francisco. The conference discussed research and developments in the materials science field. While in attendance, Rishi had the opportunity to attend seminars led by professors from various universities, as well as present his own research, titled, “Investigation of Pickering Emulsions to Reduce Silicon Fracture in Lithium-Ion Batteries,” and mentored by Dr. Hanqing Jiang.
Rishi was excited to attend this conference because it provided him with the opportunity to present his own research in the materials science field, learn about other research being conducted by peers and professionals, as well as network with attending professors and employers.
“I wanted the opportunity to gain the experience of being able to share the research that I have been involved in with other students and educators in the engineering field,” he explained.
At the conference, Rishi attended various presentations, including one being led by Dr. Frank Wise of Cornell University and another led by Dr. Cherie Kagan of the University of Pennsylvania. These seminars highlighted the two professors’ research of nanocrystals and their uses in materials science.
Although he enjoyed attending the seminars, Rishi’s favorite part of the conference was the poster session where he presented his research. At this session, he met various students and professors presenting research similar to his own and learned more from them.
“I was able to […] broaden my interests and knowledge in many areas,” he says.
The only regret Rishi has about attending the conference is that he was unable to attend some of the presentations due to lack of time. He advises students hoping to attend future conferences to learn from his mistakes and stay at least a few days, so as not to miss any of the excitement.
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