The 2019 CPU2AL Science and Technology Open House (STOH) was held from Wednesday, April 3 through Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602, and at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. On April 4, the STOH toke place in conjunction with the NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL Annual Meeting. The latter continued on April 5.

The goal of the STOH is showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities across Alabama. The meeting will feature over numerous posters from graduate and undergraduate students from across the state of Alabama to showcase their research and provide a platform for networking. The meeting will also include science presentations and hands-on demonstrations for K-12 teachers and students.


2019 Science and Technology Open House Poster Awardees  


First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Undergraduate Level

Gabrielle Maloy, Alabama State University

Thanatomicrobiome in Liver Samples of American and European Cadavers

Tanner Hickman, University of South Alabama

Characterization of Non-volatile, Self-neutralizing Acids formed from Ionic Liquids and CO2

Christopher Smith, Auburn University at Montgomery

A Dynamic Programming based Outlier Rejection Algorithm for Image Mosaicing Problem

Graduate Level: MS

Oluwaseyi Shofolawe-Bakare, Tuskegee University

Interfacial properties of CNTs-added carbon fiber epoxy composites through Nanoindentation technique

Andrea Nicolau, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

A Spatial Pattern Analysis of Forest Loss in the Madre de Dios region of Peru

Zachary White, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Diagnostics of Striations in RF Capacitively Coupled and DC Positive Column Discharge Plasma

Graduate Level: Ph.D. Biological Sciences

Terrance A. Platt, Tuskegee University

Modulating Effects of Intrathymic TNC Transplants on Cardiovascular Remodeling in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - Induced Aortic Atherosclerosis


Characterization of low-temperature Plasma treated biobased silica/carbon hybrid nanoparticles

Aiesha L. Ethridge, Tuskegee University

Synthesis of Polyvinyl Alcohol and CaCO3 from Eggshells for Nanocomposites via Ultrasonication

Graduate Level: Ph.D. Physical Sciences

Michael McKinlay, Auburn University

Controlling dust charge with driven current fluctuations

Siyuan Zhang, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Improvement of Mobility and Stability of Motion of Skid-Steering UGV with New Individually Steering Inputs on Severe Terrain

Eleanor Williamson, Auburn University

Characterization of a microwave generated plasma with varying fractional ionization on magnetic surfaces

Honorable Mention: Best Poster Title

Boss Davis, Alexus Herron, Wyatt Oliveras, Anthony Roberts, and Gabby Thomas, Bishop State Community College

Toxic Rice Water Experiment "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words will Make Rice Smell.


Meeting Photos


Poster Sessions and Awardees

Meeting Documents


Book of Abstracts



Presentation Information

Oral Presentation Template

If you are a member of the CPU2AL Team and are giving a presentation at the CPU2AL Annual Meeting, please use this template.

Poster Presentation

Posters should be formatted at a scale no more than 36"H x 48"W, or 3'H x 4'W, or H.9144m x W1.2192m. We will provide poster boards and easels to be displayed during the poster session. 

K-12 Events

The NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), invites middle school teachers and students to participate in a one-of-a-kind STEM experience on April 3, 2019, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. To learn more and register for the K-12 sessions of the Open House click the button below.


College students, faculty, government and industry participants, and judges planning to attend the meeting must complete the following registration form:


There is no registration fee but all attendees must register to attend the meeting events. The meeting will pay for the cost of lodging for the nights of April 3 and 4, 2019, for a considerable number of students presenting posters and coming from distant institutions. The meeting will feature a poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students and the winners will be recognized.

Rooming priority will be given to students on a first come first serve basis. 

Registration deadline: March 22, 2019

Abstract Submission

Abstracts must be prepared using the MS Word template available here and must be uploaded using the following form (Note that you will need a Google account to upload your abstract).

Rooming priority will be given to students who register and submit an abstract by March 1, 2019. 

Abstract submission deadline: March 22, 2019




Lodging arrangements have been made at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602. The meeting will pay for the cost of lodging for the nights of April 3 and 4, 2019, for a considerable number of students coming from distant institutions (more than 50 miles from Mobile). This financial support will be provided on a first come first serve basis only to students presenting a poster and requires students to share a room. Students should request a room through registration. All other attendees can reserve a room directly at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel website.

The deadline to make reservations at the negotiated rate was March 1, 2019. If you are a member of the CPU2AL Team and make your reservation after the March 1 deadline, please send your reservation number by email to Dana Waller at

Contact Information 


Local Attractions

Visit USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and you will take a step back in time, embarking on an incredible journey into America's military past. Each step brings you closer to understanding how our veterans lived and worked. It's a unique experience never to be forgotten. 

The Fort of Colonial Mobile brings visitors into the heart of history by using modern technology and old fashioned storytelling to tell the stories of Mobile's past. Open daily from 10am - 5pm. 

History comes alive on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail tour. The trail reveals forgotten chapters of history, telling the stories of courage and contributions made by unsung heroes from Mobile's ethnically diverse past. A step-on guide will meet your bus at Fort Condé for that ride back in time; walking tours are also available.

Experience the Port City's story at the History Museum of Mobile, where visitors discover 300 years of Mobile area history. Located in the Southern Market, a National Historic Landmark building. 

Be royal in the Mobile Carnival Museum mansion. Get rowdy in the den! Crowns. Scepters. Floats. Jeweled robes. Experience Mobile's Mardi Gras - the Mother of Mystics, the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States! 

Experience more than 150 hands-on science adventures in our Hands on Hall, Wharf of Wonder, My Body Works and live science demonstrations at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

 Downtown Restaurants

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