2021 SURF Virtual Symposium

Event Date

July 29 & 30, 2021


2021 Virtual ( Zoom Webinar)

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The SURF program culminates with a Research Symposium, where participants present their summer research either at an oral session or a poster session. This event provides a great opportunity for the Purdue community to learn more about the interesting and innovative research being conducted by undergraduates in various labs across campus.

The students disseminate information on the research they conducted throughout the summer and a few presentations are chosen to be awarded during the end-of-summer closing ceremony. For more details on the judging criteria, you can view the following score templates:

SURF 2021 Symposium Sessions

The SURF Symposium provides a great opportunity for the Purdue community to learn more about the interesting and innovative research conducted by undergraduates in various labs across campus. This event highlights the scholarly work of SURF students Download PDF of Full Schedule and Participants

Download the Symposium Abstract Booklet (PDF)

To attend* a session/s please select the corresponding Zoom link listed under each session below:

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Session Links

July 29, 2021
10:00 AM 

July 29, 2021
2:00 PM

July 30, 2021
10:00 AM

July 30, 2021
2:00 PM

Session A


Composites & Structural Materials

Composite Materials and Alloys

Material Modeling & Simulation 1

Material Modeling & Simulation 2

Session B


Cellular Biology 1


Environmental Characterization 1

Environmental Characterization 2

Session C


Human Factors and Education

Biomedical Sensing &Imaging

Cellular Biology 2

Machine Learning:

Applications in Science and Engineering

Session D


Biological Simulation and Technology

Fluid Modeling & Simulation 2

Additive Manufacturing &

Energetic Materials

Biological Signaling

Session E



Fluids & Chemicals 1

Engineering the Built Environment

Medical Science and Technology

Fabrication & Robotics

Session F


Computer Architecture

Machine Learning:

Applications in Health and Safety

IOT for Agriculture

Deep Learning and Cyber Security

Session G


Fluid Modeling & Simulation 1


Fluids & Chemicals 2

Sensors & Microsystems

Chemical Catalysis and Synthesis


Add all your sessions to: Google Calendar :: Calendar File Download

Questions related to attending sessions: Call 765 280 2413 or 765 314 3688 or email: eur@purdue.edu


2020 SURF Summer Symposium Award Winners

Best Presentations

1. Danielle M. Angert (Purdue University)

Research Title: The Impact of Extended Stagnation on Building Water Quality

Lab Mentors: Dr. Caitlin Proctor and Kyungyeon Ra

PI: Dr. Andrew Whelton

Department: Lyles School of Civil Engineering


2. Lauren Kilburn (University of Florida)

Research Title: Consequences of Bronsted Acid Site Proximity and Location in H-FMI Zeolites for Propene Dimerization

Graduate Mentor: Elizabeth Bickel

PI: Dr. Raj Gounder

Department: Davidson School of Chemical Engineering


3. Gloria Dietz (Purdue University)

Research Title: Predicting Subsequent Memory From Cognitive States 

PI: Dr. Yu Chin-Chiu

Department: Department of Psychological Sciences


4. Bryan Pamintuan (Purdue University)

Research Title: Design and Analysis of a Novel Membrane Heat Exchanger

Graduate Mentor: Andrew Fix

PI: Dr. James Braun

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering


5. Amanda J. Everly (Purdue University)

Research Title: Structural Studies of Phospholipase C Epsilon

Graduate Mentors: Arielle Silva and Elizabeth Garland-Kuntz

PI: Dr. Angeline Lyon

Department: Department of Chemistry


6. David M. Czerwonky (Purdue University)

Research Title: Localization Imaging of Neuronal Signaling with Spatiotemporal Fluorescent Reporter Data

Graduate Mentor: Justin Patel

PI: Dr. Kevin Webb

Department: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Outstanding First-Time Researchers

1. Rachel Wang Zhang (University of Michigan)

Research Title: Using Automated Image Processing to Characterize the Osteocyte Lacunar-Canalicular System

Graduate Mentor: Brenna Flannery

PI: Dr. Russell P. Main

Department: Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering


2. Anuhya Edupuganti (Purdue University)

Research Title: Effects of Cell-Cell Contact During Multicellular Migration 

Graduate Mentor: Hye-Ran Moon

PI: Dr. Bumsoo Han

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering


3. Jingzhe (Zack) Zhang (Purdue University)

Research Title: Development of a Riverine Energy Harvesting Device: Characterization of Wabash River in Lafayette as a Test Site

Graduate Mentor: Yijie Wang

PI: Dr. Jun Chen

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering


Graduate Mentor Awards

1. Justin Patel

Mentee: David Czerwonky

PI: Dr. Kevin Webb

Department: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


2. Saikiran Gopalakrishnan

Mentee: Ryoma Kawakami

PI: Dr. Michael D. Sangid

Department: School of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering


3. Danielle N. Wagner

Mentee: Aayush Mathur

PI: Dr. Brandon E. Boor

Department: Lyles School of Civil Engineering


4. Andrea Felicelli

Mentee: Fernando Barrios

PI: Dr. Xiulin Ruan

Department: School of Mechanical Engineering