News Archive

CPSPE Scholarships Supporting Students in Polymers

Congratulations to the four Chemical Engineering students who have been awarded scholarships due to their academic achievement and specialization in polymers: Elisabeth Meyer, Nicholas Neill, Isaac O’Brien, and Gregory Brown.

Scholarship programs like these provide valuable opportunities and open doors for students, which is why The University of Akron disburses more than $22 million in scholarships each year. The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is proud to be a part of that tradition, and now more than ever CPSPE is encouraging students to study polymers by providing scholarship aid through The Nelson Family Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and The George Clinton and Julia Lucille Fouts Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Forging Friendships and Gaining Research Experience in REU 2017

Congratulations to the 18 interns who have recently completed the 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates program!

REU, launched in 2004, has been a success in bringing students from across the country to learn about research methods and polymers here at The University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This year’s successful internship program, directed by Polymer Science Professor Dr. Mesfin Tsige, ended on August 11th. It consisted of eleven weeks of research and career development including visits to places like regional polymer-based companies and a national laboratory.

Fall Semester Brings New Master’s Program in Polymers to UA

This fall the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) has a plan to help industry professionals receive their master’s degree in polymer science and polymer engineering.

August Safety Focus: Labeling

The CPSPE Safety Team met in July and one of the safety concerns we discussed was the lack of labeling chemicals in the hoods. Please focus this month on labeling your chemicals in the hood. This is in addition to shutting the sash at all times you are away from your hood. We will be reviewing the hoods for labels, and because it is a CPSPE safety rule, it is subject to the Student Safety Violation Policy.

“Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” Gives Teachers the Tools to Succeed

Each year the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in Polymer Engineering Program provides valuable learning experience for middle and high school teachers from across the country. Participants travel to UA in order to learn about research methods and develop new lesson plans to take home to their students. But before they take their lesson plans back to their classrooms, they need to test them out. That’s where the workshop “Inquiry Based Learning Using Polymers” comes in.

Polymer College to Host Ohio Federal Research Network’s First Meeting of the Minds

On July 13th, the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) will be holding the first formative meeting for the special interest group regarding organic polymer technologies and products at The University of Akron's National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC) and Polymer Engineering Academic Center.

July Safety Focus: CPSPE Safety Team Recruitment

This month I would like to recruit 12 students to become our CPSPE Safety Team. This team will help encourage safety from the peer level and be part of a team to continue our mission towards a safer CPSPE. I would like to see an equal ratio of students from both Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This will be a TEAM not a committee and focused on positive change to enhance safety.

New Polymer Additive Manufacturing Course Delivers Cutting-Edge Technology To Industry

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, as one of the top polymer programs in the world, is helping industry keep pace with cutting-edge technology. Akron Polymer Technology Services (APTS) is utilizing the facilities of the Goodyear Polymer Center to provide modeling and additive manufacturing training to industry professionals.

AGPA Promotes STEM with Great Lakes Science Center Summer Camp

This year the Akron Global Polymer Academy had the great pleasure of hosting a group of kids from the Great Lakes Science Center’s Summer Science Camp. This year’s visit will be the third field trip that the students have made to The University of Akron, and it won’t be the last! The kids had a blast exploring real scientists’ labs, interacting with animals, and learning all about science with AGPA Content Specialist, John Fellenstein.

The "Science of Spider-Man" Features UA Researchers at Awesome Con

Science and comic book nerds, assemble! The world of polymers is joining the world of comic books and cosplay for one weekend to teach Spider-Man fans all about Peter Parker’s powers.

It’s back! CPSPE’s Research Experience for Teachers program is under way for the summer of 2017

Beginning Tuesday, eleven high school and middle school teachers will be coming to campus to work with research groups on subjects like chemistry, biology, and engineering. They will be working in CPSPE labs for eight weeks, at the end of which they can walk away with research experience that will help them develop new curriculum to take back to their classrooms.

CPSPE Staff Spotlight: John Fellenstein

CPSPE wouldn’t be the same without its amazing staff. We recently spoke with John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy, about his role at CPSPE.

Major Success for UA at MSNO Conference

The University of Akron and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering experienced huge success at the Microscopy Society of Northeast Ohio’s sixty-first annual May Conference.

Summer Sun Brings Polymer Outreach to Light

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) has been hard at work recently in several locations, including The Akron Children’s Museum and Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks.

As always, the Akron Global Polymer Academy is making magic happen!

On Saturday John Fellenstein, Content Specialist for the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA), grabbed his wand and his cauldron and arrived at the Akron-Summit County Public Library for Potions Class at Potter Faire, Akron.

Potter Faire was held by the library to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book’s publication. For one afternoon only, the library was transformed into Hogwarts, and kids of all ages could come and learn magic like Harry.

June Safety Focus: Unattended Experiments / New Form

This month's safety focus is Unattended Experiments / New Form. All unattended experiments that take place over night or during the day REQUIRE this form. This form provides EOHS and the fire department pertinent information regarding your experiment if there should be an emergency in your lab, or the building.

Akron Global Polymer Academy Awards $1,000 to Winners of Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors

It’s no stretch of the imagination to picture students from across the nation coming together to celebrate creativity, engineering, science, and polymers. This happens every year during the annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors.

Origins Institute Explores the Origin of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Professor Nita Sahai discusses her research to identify the origins of life on earth.

Polymer College’s 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Begins

May 30th marked the first day of orientation for this year’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This summer, 18 students will participate in research and career development activities, discuss their research progress, and visit regional companies and a national laboratory.

Kevin Cavicchi awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award

Associate dean Kevin Cavicchi was awarded the William C. Zekan Memorial Service Award and professor Sadhan Jana provided the keynote address at the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers May 15 meeting.

Congratulations to Laurel Lohrey - Zipstastic Award winner for May

Please make an effort to congratulate Laurel Lohrey as the winner of the Ziptastic Award for May. She is the coordinator of training and testing in the Dean’s Office in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE).

AGPA Outreach Shows Kids the Fun Side of Science

The Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) is once again combining fun and science to get kids interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). On May 23rd, twelve students and three teachers from The University of Akron’s childcare center came to the Polymer Engineering Academic Center to learn more about polymers with content specialist and educator John Fellenstein.

Akron SPE Section Hosts Networking Event at CPSPE

On Friday, May 19, the Akron SPE section hosted the Ohio SPE Networking Event at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

Polymer College Partners with Local High School to Offer Students Hands-On Research Experience

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has had a partnership with The University of Akron to encourage students in STEM since 2009. In coordination with Dr. Matt Becker, students have had the opportunity to partner with professors in their field of research to learn the scientific process through hands-on experience.

Polymers Appreciation Day student poster winners announced!

Congratulations Guodong DengVrushali Bhagat, and Elena Silantyeva on being selected as the top 3 entries of the LORD Corporation student poster competition at this year’s Polymers Appreciation Day for Alumni & Industry!