Session A Poster Competition 

At this year’s Career, Research, Innovation, and Development Conference (CRIDC), $41,000 worth of research travel grants were awarded in recognition of the outstanding and impactful work by student competitors.  

The 15th annual CRIDC at Georgia Tech took place on Feb. 8, bringing together a diverse community of scholars. 116 graduate students participated in the CRIDC poster competition, presenting their research in front of their peers and faculty and staff judges alike. Online graduate students participated in CRIDC’s first-ever online poster competition as well.  

Congratulations to the following poster competition winners.   

Executive Vice President for Research winners  

Jennifer Leestma, College of Engineering 

Kelly Badilla, College of Engineering 

Megan Andrews, College of Sciences 

Anamik Jhunjhunwala, College of Engineering 

Timothy Brumfiel, College of Engineering 

Shreya Kothari, College of Sciences 

Shehan Parmar, College of Sciences 

Ximena Pizarro-Bore, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts  

Xinyue Huang, College of Engineering  

Shiqi Wei, College of Engineering 


College of Engineering winners   

Shaspreet Kaur 

Bettina Arkhurst 

Frederick Chung 

Ranjani Narayanan 


College of Sciences winners   

Chad Pozarycki 

Monica Monge Loria 

Jiangpeiyun Jin 

Kiera Ngoc Thuy An Tran 


College of Computing winners   

Varun Agrawal  

Eric Greenlee 


Office of the Provost’s Award  

Eric Cole, College of Engineering 

Walter Parker, College of Engineering 

Chloe LeCates, College of Sciences 

Jimin Park, College of Engineering  

Patrick Owen Sizemore, College of Computing 

CRIDC is the product of the collaborative efforts of the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) and the Graduate Career Development Team from the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. Fifteen years ago, the event was created when the student-led poster competition, then known as the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Competition (GTRIC) was combined with the Graduate Career Symposium.   

CRIDC also features an Innovation Competition, in which graduate student finalists offer three-minute presentations to a panel of judges. All participants met with Tech’s VentureLab to explore grants and programs that can help them pursue startup businesses and technology licensing opportunities.   

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 CRIDC Innovation Competition:   

1st place: Mikaela Gray, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Runner-up: Alison Jenkins, Mechanical Engineering  

Runner-up:  Zhaonan Liu, Materials Science and Engineering  

In addition to the poster competitions, this year’s CRIDC featured an employee networking lunch, featuring over twenty employers and four career panels. For more information about CRIDC, please visit