02/20/18 Spring 2018 Conference Awards

We are pleased to announce the CMiS Spring, 2018 Conference Awards! In order to apply, please prepare a letter of intent that is 500 words or less. Your letter should give the reviewers a brief introduction of your background and why you intend to attend the Conference. We recommend that you prepare your letter in your favorite word processor, and then copy and paste into the google form. Please follow the link below to submit your application! Applications are due Monday, March 12th at 17:00.

Submit your application here


01/16/18 Congratulations to our Winter 2018 Conference Awards Recipients!

Anne Fulton

Anne Fulton is a 2nd year PhD student in the Geology Department working on the geochemistry of supervolcanic eruptions. In her first year of research, she discovered new evidence to constrain the magma chamber structure beneath the Long Valley Caldera in California, which she presented at the annual American Geophysical Union Conference. Anne is also the chair of the UO Joint Undergraduate-Graduate Mentorship Program, and took advantage of the numerous resources at the conference to collate new resources to share with students in the program.

Michelle Muth

Michelle Muth is a second year PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences. She studies how magmas form beneath volcanoes in the Southern Cascades. The CMiS conference award helped her attend the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, where she presented her work on the effect of sulfur on the oxidation state and copper content of magmas. During the meeting she also had the opportunity to participate in conference sections focused on increasing diversity in the Earth Sciences.

Jaclyn Kellon

Jaclyn Kellon is PhD candidate in the chemistry department, studying the structure-property relationships of semiconducting metal oxide nanoparticles. She is pursuing a career at the interface of public policy and scientific innovation. She is currently serving as the CMiS President and hopes to get more people involved in the group!


09/26/17 Congratulations to our Fall 2017 Conference Awards Recipients!

Brantly Fulton

Brantly was born and raised in Pontiac, MI. He later went on to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA to earn a B.S. degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics in 2013. While At Morehouse College he performed undergraduate research at neighboring institution, Georgia Tech, in the NanoEngineered Systems and Transport (NEST) Lab working on thermogalvanic cells with ionic liquids under the direction of Professor Baratunde A. Cola. In the summer of 2011 Brantly would participate in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at the University of Oregon working in the lab of Professor Darren W. Johnson on copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) solar cells. The following summer of 2012 he would participate in the Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program under the leadership of Professor Reginald M. Penner working on a gold lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE) process for improving the performance of battery electrodes. Brantly would return to the University of Oregon in the fall of 2013 as a co-joint graduate student, belonging to the labs of Professors James E. Hutchison and Darren W. Johnson. His current research pertains to synthesizing new inorganic aluminum-based clusters. By better understanding their fundamental chemistry it will give insight into their formation, which could prove critical in geochemistry as these clusters have recently been suggested to exist naturally in the environment. Inorganic aluminum-based clusters have also been reported to be a promising candidate for the next generation of solution processed thin films.

Lauren Vega O'Neil

Lauren Vega O’Neil is a PhD candidate in the psychology department working on her dissertation in developmental psychology. She participated in the Cognitive Development Society conference in Portland, OR, October 12-14th. Lauren studies the effects of socio-economic status on self-regulation, language, executive function and analogical learning. She is grateful to CMiS for their financial support.

Madelyn N. Scott


Madelyn is a second-year undergraduate student of the Robert D. Clark Honors College pursing a B.S. in Chemistry. She joined Dr. Cathy Wong’s research group in February of 2017, and has engaged in a variety of projects—including thin film production, drafting in AutoCAD, and milling in the machine shop—during her time so far. She will be attending the 2017 SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference to present her research regarding optimization of thin film deposition. For this project, she collaborated with other members of the group to develop a new device—a slot die coater—to deposit film for analysis via single-shot transient absorption spectroscopy. In her research, she also learned about electron coupling between two monomers as they undergo electronic transitions, and presented a model to visualize the fluid dynamics of the slot die coater.

Emma Waddington

Emma is a Chemistry major who has been researching with Cathy Wong's group since May 2017 (before this she was doing solid-state/thin film chemistry). Their lab is relatively new and focuses on ultrafast transient absorption (TA) laser spectroscopy, so a lot of what they have been doing is designing, building, rebuilding, and optimizing their spectrometer setups, software, etc. that they will use to probe the excited state dynamics of different materials. Specifically, Emma has been working with one of their lovely graduate students to construct a noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) that uses the 800 nm output of our pulsed laser system to produce coherent light which can easily be tuned to output any wavelength in the range of about 480 to 750 nm (there are so many other cool things about the NOPA--come check out her poster if you're interested!). At SACNAS 2017 in Salt Lake City, Emma will be presenting a sort of guide to the design and construction of a NOPA that highlights aspects found to be important in the process of building it, and what to look for when it's up and running.

Fehmi Sami Yasin

Fehmi is a fifth year Physics graduate student in Benjamin McMorran’s laboratory. His research is focused on using transmission electron microscopes (TEM) in scanning (STEM) mode to perform electron interferometry experiments. As part of this work, his group developed a new technique we call STEM-holography, which Fehmi will continue to develop next month with Hitachi at their Central Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, Japan. Fehmi presented his progress at this year’s SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah alongside his mentee Gino Carrillo.