Junior Haefa Mansour Garners Multiple Recognitions

Haefa Mansour
Haefa Mansour was selected from 600 applicants to represent Purdue at the 18th “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington, D. C. She was selected to receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship and placed first in the ASEE poster competition Illinois-Indiana Section.

April 2, 2014

Haefa Mansour, a junior Chemical Engineering student from Mentor, Ohio, will represent Purdue University and the School of Chemical Engineering at the upcoming “Posters on the Hill” event on April 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Haefa is one of only 60 undergraduate researchers selected from approximately 600 US applications for the event.

While in Washington, Haefa will present her research findings to members of the U.S. Congress and have the opportunity to talk with Congressional staff and members of other federal agencies. Dr. Julie Liu, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, advised Haefa during her research on the development and characterization of a recombinant protein that functions as a surgical adhesive. Graduate Student and NSF Fellow Janie Brennan also played an important role in mentoring Haefa and helping her prepare for the poster presentations. Haefa’s preliminary results are promising, and show that the model protein may be of interest for surgical applications.

“Posters on the Hill” is an annual advocacy event for undergraduate research hosted by the US Council on Undergraduate Research. Applicants must complete an application and provide an abstract that demonstrates their ability to present information to a non-technical, but educated audience. Projects are also judged based on technical merit, broader interest and completeness of the research. 2014 represents the 18th year for this event.

Haefa also recently added two more accolades to her already stellar undergraduate career. She was selected to receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a national award, and placed first in the poster competition at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Illinois-Indiana Section Conference on March 8 at Rose-Hulman University.

The Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to promote highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers who intend to pursue research. Her poster featured her research on the development and characterization of a recombinant protein that functions as a surgical adhesive. Preliminary results of this research are promising, and show that the model protein may be of interest for surgical applications.