The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus student chapter of the Society for Biomaterials (CU SFB) hosted the inaugural Rocky Mountain Biomaterials Day on October 15. The goal of this conference was to connect students, faculty, research staff, and more, from both academia and industry, who had an interest in learning more about current research in the field of biomaterials. Nearly 40 people from 10 different institutions throughout the Rocky Mountain region attended the virtual conference, which featured keynote talks from Dr. Melissa Krebs from Colorado School of Mines, and Dr. Ketul Popat from Colorado State University.
The keynotes were followed by an interactive networking lunch and poster session hosted through Gathertown, which allowed all participants to network with students, faculty, and industry representatives from across the region. Students and trainees submitted more than a dozen abstracts, allowing for competitive poster presentation and oral presentation sessions. Additionally, the open house poster session occurred in parallel with the networking lunch and featured nine posters from five institutions. Attendees of the virtual networking lunch were able to browse through the poster session, network with other students/faculty, and learn about local events and job opportunities.
After the networking lunch, participants reconvened on Zoom for the oral abstract presentation session. Four abstracts from four different institutions were selected, and the presentations were evaluated by a panel of independent judges. The awards include:
- Best Oral Presentation: Bruce Kirkpatrick, CU Boulder
- Best Poster Awards: Dillon Jarrell – CU Denver, Duncan Davis-Hall – CU Denver, and Chelsea Garcia – Colorado School of Mines
“The inaugural Rocky Mountain Biomaterials Day was a huge success,” said Thomas Caracena, CU SFB president. “It established a biomaterials presence in the Rocky Mountain region that we hope to maintain and grow in the future. We hope this event will set the stage for many similar events and collaborations within the Rocky Mountain biomaterials community for years to come.”
The event was funded by the College of Engineering, Design and Computing Student Initiatives Fund, a program established to support student events, projects or activities that (a) enhance educational and/or professional opportunities for engineering students, (b) promote the mission of the college, or (c) have a tangible benefit to the College including visibility, awareness and community involvement.
CU SFB started in fall 2020 with the support of Chelsea Magin, assistant professor of bioengineering. The purpose of this chapter is to encourage student interest in biomaterials by promoting the advancement of research and education within this field. The CU SFB student chapter hosts monthly meetings where students discuss newly published articles, present current work, listen to experts in the field, and more.
At the CU Denver College of Engineering, Design and Computing, we focus on providing our students with a comprehensive engineering education at the undergraduate, graduate and professional level. Faculty conduct research that spans our five disciplines of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and computer science and engineering. The college collaborates with industry from around the state; our laboratories and research opportunities give students the hands-on experience they need to excel in the professional world.