Master's students recognized for award-winning research

Based on their outstanding thesis research, Brittany Givens and Kathryn Klarich Wong each received the L.B. Sims Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award by the Graduate College.

Givens, who earned her master’s degree in chemical and biochemical engineering in 2017, investigated the behavior of silicon dioxide nanoparticles, present in the above household items, when interacting with the body’s most abundant blood protein, bovine serum albumin (BSA). She observed that BSA maintained its structure when absorbed by silicon dioxide nanoparticles, suggesting that these nanoparticles are not harmful to humans in low doses for short exposure times.

Her thesis, “The Bovine Serum Albumin Protein Corona on Nanoparticles: Investigating the Effects of Changing pH, Substrates, and Ions” was chosen as the top manuscript in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering Category.

Wong, who earned her MS degree in civil and environmental engineering in 2017, discovered neonicotinoid insecticides through an analysis of tap water samples collected from water treatment plants on the UI campus and the surrounding Iowa City community.

Her thesis is titled, “Transformation and fate of neonicotinoid insecticides during drinking water treatment” was selected in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering Category.

Learn about the outstanding research conducted by these scholars: