Graduate Student Resource Center

Tenth Anniversary Research Conference

M. Bayachou

CSU’s Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club attracted students from across Ohio during its 10th annual research conference. CSU students were recognized along with their peers in three awards categories. Dr. Mekki Bayachou, Chemistry Professor and Club Advisor, pictured here, addressed more than 130 conference attendees.

The Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club and Clinical Chemistry Journal Club presented the 10th annual Cleveland State Interdisciplinary Research Conference on Saturday, November 5th, and awarded $1,500 in prizes to the best oral presentations and poster presentations in undergraduate and graduate categories.

The conference attracted over 130 presenters and attendees from Cleveland State University and surrounding institutions, including Ohio State University, Kent State University, University of Akron, University of Toledo, Case Western Reserve University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Youngstown State University, Lorain County Community College and Oberlin College.

Cleveland State University students were recognized in each award category:

Best Oral Presentation

1. Mouzhe Xie - Ohio State University
2. Alexander Roth - Cleveland State University

Best Graduate Poster

1. Kevin Budge - Kent State University
2. Haitham Kalil - Cleveland State University
3. Gayatri Shrikhande - University of Akron

Best Undergraduate Poster

1. Brennan Ashwood - Case Western Reserve University
2. Nisha Maheshwari - Cleveland State University
3. Michael A Maravola - Youngstown State University

This conference is planned and executed annually by the GSIRC student organization under the guidance of faculty advisor, Dr. Mekki Bayachou.  Intensive months of conference planning, raising funds and budgeting is managed by the student board and membership so that the conference remains free and open to all university students across the state. Dr. Bayachou describes,

"The annual research conference is the most prominent student endeavor of the academic year. I use the conference platform to expose the students to areas where they can develop and polish their leadership skills. President Shashank Gorityala has demonstrated exemplary leadership and was able to keep the group focused and functional. The conference is the most prominent annual endeavor that they help put together and Shashank has been instrumental in dealing with all the logistics of this conference, including the internal and external sponsorship." 

The 2016/17 GSIRC Student Board includes the following Department of Chemistry doctoral students:
Shashank Gorityala – President
Anvesh Dasari – Vice President
Alisha J. House – Secretary
Erica M. Fatica – Treasurer

The Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club (GSIRC) is a graduate student organization of the College of Science and Health Professions.  GSIRC provides students with a forum where they can share research findings with others and foster a better understanding of the unique aspects of interdisciplinary research that involves science, engineering, and other disciplines, not usually considered as partners to these two fields.   GSIRC hosts and participates in technical symposia and other scientific expositions within Cleveland State University and other academic institutions.  Its main goal is to promote and provide an academic and social arena for students of all fields to compare findings, and discuss academic issues in an informal, relaxed forum.  For additional information or membership details, contact the Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Club at

Contribution and photos, courtesy of Shashank Gorityala.

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