COST Research Day

When: Friday April 30, 2021 | 3:00-5:45 p.m.
Where: Remo virtual event environment

What is COST Research Day?

Undergraduate and graduate students from a broad range of disciplines within the College of Science and Technology present the results of their research and scholarship conducted with faculty mentors and collaborators. Undergraduates and Graduate Students will present their work in a poster session.

How COST Students Benefit from Research Experiences:

Undergraduate and graduate research experiences help prepare students for whatever the future may hold, whether they intend to pursue graduate work or to enter the workforce. Research allows the student to pursue their interests, to learn something new, to hone their problem-solving skills and to challenge themselves in new ways. Research reminds students to keep an open mind, and to be ready to absorb, process, and analyze new information. Students learn about more than just their focus topic when engaged in research; they learn time management skills, how to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to practical use, patience, quick thinking, communication skills, persistence, and the ability to adjust and work through unforeseen events or outcomes.


Judges will evaluate all posters so we can acknowledge outstanding presentations. For graduate students, prizes will be awarded to the top three presenters. For undergraduate students, prizes will be awarded to students placing first in each category, with honorable mentions going to students placing second. The presenter with the overall top score will also be recognized.

The categories for undergraduate presenters will be:
1) Biological and Allied Health Sciences
2) Chemistry and Biochemistry
3) Communication Sciences and Disorders
4) Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
5) Exercise Science
6) Instructional Technology
7) Nursing
8) Physics, Health Physics, and Electrical Engineering Technology

Keynote Speaker

Melinda Einsla, keynote speaker

Melinda Einsla is a Senior Research Scientist in Core R&D Formulation, Automation, and Materials Science. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Bloomsburg University and a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she studied polymeric proton conductors and polymer/inorganic nanocomposites for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Melinda completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she studied inorganic and polymeric proton conductors for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. She joined Dow in 2008 and has worked in the areas of Plastics Additives, Photovoltaic Encapsulants, Paper Coatings, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives, and Architectural Coatings. Melinda has spent much of her career developing novel emulsion polymers, with an emphasis on studying structure-property relationships to design new backbones for various applications. Melinda’s passion for sustainability has been ever-present in her work, from alternative energy (fuel cells and photovoltaics) to greener chemicals for thermal paper and recyclable paint. Melinda was awarded the Dahlquist Award by the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council in 2018, and was a member of the team awarded the prestigious EPA Green Chemistry Award in 2017.

Dr. Einsla’s keynote address will start at 3 p.m. in the Remo virtual event environment.


  • Provide an opportunity for the students/faculty to present their research
  • Enhance students’ public speaking/presenting skills
  • Provide a look at real world applications of academic knowledge
  • Enhance students’ problem-solving skills
  • Give students practice working with others; both with other students as well as faculty mentors

Who Can Participate?

  • Any undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research for a COST class
  • Any undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research guided by a COST faculty advisor/mentor
  • COST Research PEG recipients
  • URSCA grant recipients
  • EET Project students
  • Students/faculty who have received research grants/funding
  • Students/faculty who received COST funding to attend a conference
  • Students/faculty who are involved in a long-term research project and who would like to share updates regarding that project, even if the project is not yet complete
  • Students/faculty who presented at the informal COST poster session last fall may also present at the Spring COST Research Day

Poster Information:

  • Each presenter or group must create a poster that thoroughly explains their research or project
  • Suggested poster dimensions: no larger than 42” x 42”
  • Information on uploading presentations and navigating the virtual conference will be provided to presenters closer to Research Day.
  • Poster must be displayed for the entire event. Poster must be set up by 2:00 p.m.
  • Student(s) must be present at their posters during poster session time.


Please register for COST Research Day using this form:
Be sure to have your title and the full list of authors (as it will appear on the poster).
All participants must register by midnight on Friday, March 26th.