2020 Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Yale Undergraduate Research Association

YSEA is a proud sponsor of the 2020 Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium, to be held October 23-24, 2020!


Friday, October 23, 2020

  • 6:00 PM – 6:15 PM: Opening Remarks
  • 6:15 PM – 6:30 PM: Keynote Address: Provost Scott Strobel
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Live Session: Basic Sciences
  • 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Live Session: Social Sciences

Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Live Session: Humanities
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Live Session: Applied Sciences
  • 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Awards Address: Professor Thomas Near
  • 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony & Cash Prizes

YSEA Executive Board Meeting

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This meeting includes YSEA’s Board, District Vice Presidents and Special Volunteers.


YSEA Metropolitan District Event at Bar Thalia

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The YSEA Metropolitan District will host a social event in conjunction with the East and Southeast Asia District. Come meet your District VP Elissa Dunn Levy ’09 and East and Southeast Asia District VP Hahn Chou ’04 MEM as we socialize and learn about Yale NUS and how the Yale brand is faring in East and Southeast Asia.

When: November 11 at 7:30 PM

Where: Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.  The entrance is off 95th Street, and the bar is in the basement.

Contact Elissa Dunn Levy ’09 for more information.

Yale Energy Sciences Institute: Field and Surface Directed Self-Assembly in Nanostructured Soft-Materials – Approaches for Developing Functional Materials

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Wednesday, November 4, 3:00 PM
West Campus Conference Center Auditorium (800 West Campus Drive)
Refreshments will be served

Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Field and Surface Directed Self-Assembly in Nanostructured Soft Materials – Approaches for Developing Functional Material



Self-assembly of block copolymers and small molecule surfactants gives rise to a rich phase behavior as a function of temperature, composition, and other variables. The ability to precisely control their chemical functionality combined with the readily tunable characteristic length scales (-1-100 nm) of their self-assembled mesophases identifies these systems as a versatile and attractive class of materials. This talk will highlight recent advances in scalable approaches for directing the assembly of soft nanostructured materials, and novel routes for generating highly ordered soft heterostructures. First, we consider the directed self-assembly of such soft mesophases using magnetic fields, principally through the use of in situ x-ray scattering studies. Field alignment is predicated on a sufficiently large product of magnetic anisotropy and grain size to produce magnetostatic interactions which are substantial relative to thermal forces. We examine the role of field strength on the thermodynamics and alignment dynamics of a series of soft mesophases. The ability to produce highly ordered functional materials over macroscopic length scales is demonstrated and we explore the role of alignment and connectivity in controlling anisotropic ionic transport in nanostructured systems. Second, we examine electrospray deposition as a novel tool to generate well-ordered block copolymer thin films in a manner inspired by physical vapor deposition processes used in hard materials. The success of the method relies on slow deposition of sub-attoliter quantities of material delivered in sub-micron droplets produced by electrospray atomization. We demonstrate the ability to continuously deposit thin films with controlled orientation of microstructure, and to assemble heterostructures through sequential depositions of materials.

YSEA Executive Board Meeting

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The September 2015 YSEA Executive Board Meeting will be held:

September 24th, 2015 at 4pm6pm

2015 YSEA Annual Meeting and Dinner

Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 6:45pm9:30pm

Seating begins at 6:45 PM. Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 PM.
receded by a 5:00 PM Reception at the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design in Becton Center.


Please join the YSEA for a gala evening of fun and fellowship as we recognize eminent faculty, alumni, and students for their achievements and their contributions to the Yale science and engineering community!

Awards will be presented to:

  • Prof. T.P. Ma, ’71 M.Phil, ’74 Ph.D. for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science
    Raymond John Wean Professor of Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics
    Life Member of the American Physical Society
  • President Richard C. Levin, ’72 M.Phil, ’74 Ph.D. for Meritorious Service to Yale University
    President of Yale University 1993-2013
    CEO, Coursera
  • Members of the Yale College Class of 2015 and the Yale College Class of 2016
    for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Junior Class & Senior Class


Additional Information


  • Please make reservations by Thursday, April 23, 2015. Reservations may be accepted after April 23rd, subject to room capacity.
  • To register for the pre-dinner reception at the CEID, please visit the reception registration page.
  • Note: We encourage you to register online. While YSEA uses PayPal as our credit card processor, you do not need a PayPal account to purchase your ticket(s) online. To purchase your ticket(s) online without a PayPal account, simply click the “Don’t Have a PayPal Account?” link on the PayPal page, and PayPal will let you fill in your credit card info without requiring a PayPal account. If you’d rather not pay online, you can download a registration form, but if you take that route, we request that you fax or email the details of your entrée selection(s) and any other purchases to the number/address on the registration form.

2015 YSEA CEID Reception and Tour

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Come to Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation and Design for a reception and a tour before heading to YSEA’s annual dinner in Woolsey Hall! For more information about CEID, please visit:


Patient Experience Hackathon at Yale

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Friday, March 27th, 2015 at 6am3am Sunday, March 29th

Location: Yale University (see schedule for details)


The Spring 2015 Patient Experience Hackathon: Improving Recovery and Reducing Readmissions will be held at Yale University from March 27-29. Participants will be challenged to develop tools and strategies to improve the patient experience and reduce hospital readmissions. In addition, there will be a Data Marathon Track in which teams will build digital tools and analytics that leverage data and expertise on readmission from the Yale Center for Outcomes Research. Applications are open to the public.

This gathering of forward thinking patients, providers, payers, engineers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs will serve as a foundation for disruptive ideas that can positively shape the patient experience and reduce readmission rates for the future.

This event is led jointly by the Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology (CBIT), the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), the University of Connecticut and Hacking Medicine MIT.

For more information, please visit http://www.cbitcorehack.org/ .

Disrupting Tech Post-Yale

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Yale grads discuss their innovative companies and their path from seed to startup. Featuring the Yale alum founders of General Assembly, Acceleprise, Octane Lending, Jopwell, Hammerhead, Lightmatter and Silviaterra. Sponsored by YEI, CEID and the Office of Career Services. At CEID, 15 Prospect St., New Haven. Details and Registration here.

YSEA Gathering in Seattle! (Date change due to snow in New England!)

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 6pm8pm

Location: Bar in the Westin, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington, 98101


YSEA President and staunch New Englander James Lockman ’89 invites you to attend an informal gathering to enjoy beverages & hors d’oeurvres and to discuss the important and timely topics:


“Human Powered Standing Vibrations in Concrete and Steel Structures”
“Practical Applications of PV=nRT in Professional Sports”


Feel free to bring guests to help convince Mr. Lockman that his thinking on the matter may be flawed, and that a Seattle point of view may be preferable to the one he maintains at the present time. This promises to be a fun night of socializing and team spirit!


Who: The Yale Science & Engineering Association
Where: The Westin at 1900 5th Ave in Seattle
When: Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm