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Funded Graduate Opportunities - PhD/M.A.Sc./MEng in Biological Engineering*This graduate opportunity is for graduate students pursuing a degree in Biological Engineering for the following research areas:Bioplastics and Biobased PolymersBiocomposites (Natural Fibre Composites) and Polymer BlendsGreen Composites including Recyclability, Durability and Biodegradability StudiesBiobased Nanocomposites and Nanoblends3D Printing of Bioplastics and BiocompositesBiomass and Biomaterials SustainabilityBiomedical Applications for Bioplastics and BiocompositesValue-added Biobased Materials from the Coproducts/Byproducts of Biofuel IndustriesBiodegradability (Compostability) For entry into the Ph.D. Biological Engineering program, candidates must hold a thesis-based Master’s degree in engineering.For entry in the M.A.Sc./MEng programs, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science.If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please see the <a href="https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/future/international/english" target="_blank">chart</a> for acceptable tests and required scores. Please refer to the School of Engineering <a href="https://www.uoguelph.ca/engineering/grad/application-process" target="_blank">website</a> for department requirements.For more information and how to apply, please see the Information Sheet or email bddcinfo@uoguelph.ca.Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled.A preliminary selection will be made based on the interviews to qualify the prospective candidate to apply for graduate studies at the University of Guelph. Selection does guarantee acceptance for graduate studies.At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to the further diversification of our Institution.*Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. How to ApplyApplication to the BDDC Selection CommitteeYour application package must contain the following documents and labeled accordingly:COVER LETTER(File Name: Last Name_Cover Letter_Date)Outline qualifications for the specific position applied (i.e. Ph.D. Student)Indicate the earliest date of availability, if selected TWO-PAGE SUMMARY(File  Name: Last Name_Summary_Date)Outline your interest and motivation to work in the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC). Include how your educational and work background will help you to succeed on the topics researched at BDDC (information can be found on the website https://bioproductscentre.com/ ). How do you plan to learn about the aspects of the BDDC research you don't know. CV (CURRICULUM VITAE) [Organized Reverse Chronologically – Most Recent to Oldest] (File Name: Last Name_CV_Date):Education & Work Experience - Include high school information (Include: start and end date - MONTH and YEAR)Thesis title of your degree(s) (if applicable)Name of adviser for your degree(s) (if applicable)Percent average or GPA (if including GPA please provide what it is out of i.e. 4.36/5.0)Summary of time off taken between degrees starting from high schoolList of courses during your education most relevant to this position and grades obtained for each courseEnglish Language Proficiency results and sub-category breakdown (IELTS, TOEFL, etc.) Include date or expected date of Exam (Exams must have been taken within the last 2 years)List of your publications organized by degree If you are NOT the First Author indicate your contributionsIf you have any submitted manuscripts, please include your email confirmation from the journal) List of your conference presentationsContact information for three referencesYOUR SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION(S) (File Name: Last Name_Publication#_Date) *Please provide each publication as a separate file in PDF formatPublication Number(s) should correspond with the list number in your CV Initial review of applications will begin as soon as possible and continue until the positions are filled. The research component of the graduate student position will be conducted within the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), University of Guelph. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with senior scientists from different areas (materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer chemistry, packaging, and plant agriculture) and will have the chance to work collaboratively with industrial partners.At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to the further diversification of our Institution. Supervised by:Professor Amar Mohantywww.bioproductscentre.com/aboutbddc/directorProfessor Manjusri Misrawww.uoguelph.ca/engineering/people/manjusri-misra-phd We thank all applicants who apply, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted......

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Prof. Mohanty was interviewed for the article published by the Times of India titled "Honoured to be able to foster world-class education in state". The article discusses the future of bioplastics, how his research can address that, and his connection to Odisha. Further, it discusses Prof. Mohanty and his honor being awarded the Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence. To read the article, click here. Also see the attached PDF of the article below.    ...

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ICSIS-2022 provides an opportunity to all participants, especially young budding engineers and researchers to interact and share ideas related to the innovation and smart technologies so that the latest engineering applications and technologies influence the community. This conference occurred on May 6-7, 2022. Prof. Misra presented her research on May 7, 2022 regarding "Plastic waste challenges to sustainable materials through a global circular economy approach". To read more about this event, click here.   ...

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A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  A group of 38 high school students in Grade 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) program and 5 teachers from the Toronto Montessori School visited BDDC and toured the labs.  The visit and the tour were led by Dr. Michael Snowdon with support from Dr. Milka Popov.  ...

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On April 28, 2022 the BDDC bids farewell to three of our undergraduate students: Susan Debevc, Nicole Harder and Jeffrey Lim. We wish them all the best in the next school year!On April 28, 2022 the BDDC bids farewell to three of our undergraduate students: Susan Debevc, Nicole Harder and Jeffrey Lim. We wish them all the best in the next school year!...

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On Wednesday, April 6, 2022 representatives of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), or the BOKU Group visited the BDDC. The goal of the visit is to develop stronger research and project collaborations between BOKU and the University of Guelph.   The Austrian delegation consisted of:  Professor Eva Schulev-Steindl (Rector and an expert in Environmental Law), Professor Karsten Schulz (Vice-Rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Students, and an expert in Hydrology), Professor Dietmar Haltrich (Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology and an expert in Enzymology), Professor Johann Sölkner (Head of a Division of Livestock Sciences and an expert in Animal Genetics), Professor Georg Gratzer (Deputy Head of the Institute of Forest Ecology, expert in ecological system research), Professor Dagmar Grimm-Pretner (Institute of Landscape Architecture and expert in open space design), Ulf Thalhammer (MBA MSc, Head of the Rectors' Office), and Dr. Margarita Calderón-Peter (Head of BOKU-International Relations).  Professor Manjusri Misra and Professor Amar Mohanty provided an overview of key BDDC research activities and accomplishments and led the tour at the BDDC facility......

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The 26th Project SOY (Sustainable Opportunities for You) Plus Competition took place on March 25, 2022. For 26 years it has been providing students with a chance to channel their innovative thinking into the development and marketing of plant-based products. Originally started in 1996 as Project SOY, participants were asked to put their minds together to innovate soybean-based products. The competition has now grown to include all plant-based products. University of Guelph students from the diploma, undergraduate or graduate programs worked in groups with a faculty advisor to create scientifically sound new product concepts and marketing plans were presented on March 25th. All entries were judged by industry representatives and prizes of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 were awarded to first, second and third place contestant winners in three categories: diploma, undergraduate and graduate.Two groups of students from the BDDC participated in the competition, one at the undergraduate level and another at the graduate level. Our undergraduate students: Susan Debevc, Nicole Harder and Jeffery Lim presented their project which was entitled “A-maize-ing Bio-Blisters!” While our graduate group consisting of: Peter Zytner, Ehsan Pesaranhajiabbas , Aarsha Surendren and Fatemeh Jahangiri brought the “DropDeter: A Biodegradable Alternative for Shock Indicators.” Both of our teams won second place in the respective groups. Congratulations to our students!To read more about the competition and the list of winners click here......

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The 3rd Advanced Materials Science World Congress surrounds the theme “Anticipating Future Trends, New Insights, and Cutting-Edge Technologies in Materials Science and Engineering” and took place on March 21-23, 2022 in London, UK. This conference includes global Keynote presentations, Oral presentations, plenary talks, Young Research Forum, Poster presentations, Student Forum, Technical Workshop, Symposia, Start-up opportunities and meet the Professors on different phases of Materials science.Adv. Materials Science 2022 is a platform for global scientists, researchers, directors, professors, engineers, research scholars, industrialists and students from all over the world to share their knowledge and research experience in all aspects of Materials Science.Prof. Misra will present her research titled "Advanced biocarbons and their lightweight sustainable green composite materials: A path forward to circular bioeconomy" on March 23, 2022.For more information on this conference, click here.   ...

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APM 2022 is 13th in the series of conferences intended to be held every year in India organized by CIPET to bring together the international community from diverse areas of polymers, product development, design, teaching and research, to showcase cutting edge research about plastic material & product development to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for students, teachers, researchers, scientists, technologists and Industrialists. The theme for APM 2022 is “Probing Innovative & Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing”.APM 2022 will be held virtually on March 8-12, 2022. For more information on this conference, click here.   ...

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On February 26, 2022, Prof. Misra shared her presentation on "Putting plastic waste to reuse: A circular economy approach" virtually at the Prem Jain Distinguished Lecture Series 2022. The Prem Jain Distinguished Lecture Series is meant to identify leaders in the global sustainability field and create awareness and advocacy for sustainability and the environment. Thus inspiring India's young talent and disseminate every form of education on sustainable development, ecosystems, built environment, traditions, art, crafts and related studies across academic institutions amidst the youth and working professionals. To see Prof. Misra's presentation, click here.   ...

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