UD CHARM joined Princeton University’s Center for Complex Materials to host a one-day symposium to promote early-career researchers in the field of Soft Matter. Participation brought together faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and senior undergrads with a focus on those from under-represented groups, to celebrate diversity and creativity in this emerging field.

AGENDA: This virtual event was held on Friday, October 23, 2020 and featured presentations from graduate students and postdocs, keynote lectures by Paula Hammond (MIT) and Joseph DeSimone (Carbon Inc/Stanford), professional development activities, and an introduction to the field for undergraduates.

8:45-9 AM: Opening remarks
9-9:40 AM: Keynote lecture by Paula Hammond (MIT)
9:40-10 AM: A general introduction to soft matter
10 AM-12 PM: Talks from selected speakers on biological soft matter

12-12:40 PM: Keynote lecture by Joseph DeSimone (Carbon Inc/Stanford)
12:40-1 PM: Break
1-2:30 PM: Talks from selected speakers on polymeric soft matter

2:30-4:15 PM: Talks from selected speakers on colloids, grains, and soft mechanics

4:15-5 PM: Parallel breakout sessions for

  • Undergraduates interested in academia
  • Graduate students interested in academia
  • Postdocs interested in academia
  • Those interested in industry/entrepreneurship.

Thank you to the over 400 registrants representing 89 institutions in 16 different countries! We’re glad you could join this incredible gathering, and look forward to hosting again with our Princeton colleagues again soon. Follow us for event updates. 

Organized by: Sujit Datta, Thomas Epps, LaShanda Korley, Rodney Priestley, Howard Stone.
Supported by: Princeton DFR, PRISM, MAE, CBE, SEAS, DOF, Graduate School; NSF MRSEC 2011750 (PCCM) and 2011824 (CHARM).