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Upcoming Events

11/3: STEM Club @ DLMS
2/24: Mid-Atlantic Biomaterials Day 2017


Apr. 2015: Our chapter's project "Exploring Structure-Function Relationships in Scaffold Design" won 1st place at the 2015 SFB Biomaterials Education Challenge!

Mar. 2015: Our chapter was awarded a student chapter travel grant by National SFB! We will be using the award money to fund our chapter members to travel to the Annual SFB Meeting in Charlotte, NC in April.

Recent Events

4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

April 16-17, 2016

We are proud to be an Official Partner of the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival, held in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. USASEF is free to the public and is the largest STEM festival in the U.S., with over 3,000 exhibits and more than 350,000 people in attendance this year. Supported in part by EGSC, we were able to send seven club members to participate in the event. We hosted an exhibit on structure-function relationships in bone and musculoskeletal scaffold design which we presented to over 300 future scientists and their families.

Young Enrepreneurs Panel

March 15 2016

Our chapter hosted a panel discussion on entrepreneurship featuring a Columbia graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, alumnus, and faculty member:

  • Mike Lamprecht, Ph.D.: Research Scientist at EpiBone
  • Timothy Kernan: Ph.D. candidate and Entrepreneurial Lead at Ironic Chemicals
  • Katherine Reuther, Ph.D.: Lecutrer in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia-Coulter Translational Research Partnership
  • Alessandro Marone, Ph.D.: Post-doctoral fellow, Jalali Translational Fellows Program

The panelists discussed their perspectives on the start-up world, including their experiences with funding, hiring, and mentorship. The event was attended by graduate students from various departments.

Science Fair at Dual Language Middle School

January - February 2016

From January 5th through 14th, our chapter hosted 8th graders from Dual Language Middle School and worked with them to design and carry out experiments for their annual science fair projects. SFB members also volunteered as judges at the DLMS Science Fair in February.

Industry Career Discussion with Health Science Communications

October 14, 2015

Our chapter hosted an industry career discussion with Columbia alum Kenneth Ng, PhD, MSCTI from Health Science Communications. Dr. Ng discussed the transition from academia to health communications and we were joined by graduate students in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, and Mechanical Engineering

STEM Club at Dual Language Middle School

October 2015 - May 2016

Throughout the school year, our chapter is hosting monthly visits to Dual Language Middle School to teach the after-school science club. Our goal is to introduce hands-on activities to complement the subjects covered in their classes. So far we have focused on structure function relationships in the body and explored different methods of biomaterials fabrication, ranging from electrospinning to 3D printing. There is still time left in the school year if you are interested in volunteering -- please contact Dovina Qu to learn more.

Stryker Orthopaedics Site Visit

April 30, 2015

Our chapter hosted a site visit to Stryker Orthopaedics in Mahwah, NJ, where we toured the manufacturing plant and Advanced Technologies facilities, and learned about Stryker's latest implant designs. We were joined by 11 M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Harlem Biospace Networking Happy Hour

April 24, 2015

Our chapter sponsored a networking happy hour with member companies of Harlem Biospace. We were joined by graduate students from various departments and representatives from 10 of the Harlem Biospace member companies.

SFB Biomaterials Education Challenge

April 16, 2015

Our chapter participated in this year's Biomaterials Education Challenge at the Annual Meeting of the Society For Biomaterials in Charlotte, NC, where our project "Exploring Structure-Function Relationships in Scaffold Design" won 1st place!

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