Chemical Engineering senior, Katherine Davis, received the UF Best Undergraduate Research Paper award for her paper, Influence of Geometry-Induced Frequency Dispersion on the Impedance of Rectangular Electrodes, at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, March 22.
The goal of the project was to find characteristics of the type of electrodes that would go into continuous glucose monitor sensors. Continuous glucose monitor sensors measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night to help patients with their diabetes management. A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor is inserted into the skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid.
“Currently the electrode in glucose monitors can only be trusted for about a week. After that, people with Type I diabetes have to prick their fingers. If we’re able to use impedance to assess the accuracy, then we can better assess the state the electrode is in. Those that have Type I diabetes can know when to change it out, or to stop relying on it,” said Davis.
Davis has worked with Chemical Engineering faculty mentor, Mark Orazem Ph.D., for four years.
“I want to thank Dr. Orazem and the students in his lab. They’ve allowed me to grow as an engineer, and taught me about impedance,” said Davis.
Davis will graduate in December 2018, and plans to work in the food and beverage industry.
“I’d like to go to the grocery store with my mom and say, “I’ve made this,”” said Davis.
Davis was one of five students who achieved this recognition from UF, and the only student from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.