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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

Mid-Atlantic Biomaterials Day

February 24, 2017

Our chapter worked together with SFB chapters from The City College of New York, Johns Hopkins University, University of Rochester, and Rutgers University to organize the first ever Mid-Atlantic Biomaterials Day. Our theme this year was "Biomaterial Frontiers: Emerging Challenges Creating New Opportunities." The all-day research conference featured talks from local faculty, students, and industry speakers. Visit the event website for photos and more information about the event.

Science Fair at Dual Language Middle School

January 2017

From January 3rd through 12th, 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.

SUNY Downstate Biotech Incubator Site Visit

November 10, 2016

Our chapter hosted a site visit to the SUNY Downstate Biotech Incubator in Brooklyn, NY, where we toured the lab facilities, and learned about some of the current start-ups in the incubator.

STEM Club at Dual Language Middle School

November 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. Topics we are exploring this year include microbes, fossils, cells, and the human body. There is still time left in the school year if you are interested in volunteering -- please contact Dovina Qu to learn how you can get involved!

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 Entrepreneurs 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.

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