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USM Hosts the Inaugural Polymer Science and Engineering Conference

This press release is from Southern Miss News

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Presentation of exciting new research and laboratory tours are just part of the festivities planned for the first annual Polymer Science and Engineering Conference set for Friday, March 23 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The conference will showcase new faculty, emerging research, newly acquired instrumentation, updated laboratories, and student achievement. Networking sessions are scheduled, along with research presentations, breakout sessions, and student interview opportunities, designed to promote interaction among participants.

“Polymers are in their 48th year at Southern Miss. We are delighted to unveil our recently acquired facilities as part of our new School of Polymer Science and Engineering,” said School Director Dr. Jeff Wiggins.”

Along with the opportunity for networking, participants will receive a book of abstracts and student resumés.

“This is a great opportunity for our industry partners and alumni to get to know the new faculty and interact with students. New research directions in polymer science and engineering also will be highlighted,” said Dr. Sarah Morgan, professor and associate director, School of Polymer Science and Engineering.

Presentations by new faculty members include the following:

  • Dr. Jason Azoulay, “Narrow bandgap conjugated polymers for emergent electronic technologies”

  • Dr. Xiaodan Gu, “Roll to roll printing of stretchable electronics”

  • Dr. Yoan Simon, “(Out)smart polymer chemistry”

  • Dr. Gopinath Subramanian, “Multi scale modeling of rubbery elastomers”

For the full conference agenda and registration Information, visit: .

About The University of Southern Mississippi

Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 17 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at



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