Nobel Prize Winner to Speak for the 2021 Annual Research Frontier Symposium

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George Smith


By ASU News Services

Due to the pandemic, we will have our first virtual Symposium in 2021. The 2021 Virtual Annual Research Frontier Symposium will be held via Google Meet and Youtube on Wednesday, March 10 to Thursday, March 11, 2021. The theme of the Symposium is "Collaboration in STEM Research."

This year, we are honored and thrilled to have Dr. George Smith as the Plenary Speaker of the Symposium. Dr. Smith is the Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry for his contribution in phage display. <>. He is a Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He developed a novel method known as phage display, which can be used to evolve new proteins. He was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work, sharing with Greg Winter and Frances Arnold. Currently his group uses the phage display technology to discover novel tumor-binding molecules and to create new tools for molecular imaging in cancer biology.

During the last several years, we are delighted to receive more than 70 abstracts contributed by authors from more than 10 States (Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Montana, and Alabama). The Symposium is increasingly becoming a regional conference and provides an excellent platform for undergraduate, graduate, and research scholars at Alabama State University as well as other institutions to share their research experience to a broader audience.

In 2021, we highly encourage students to participate in the Symposium by presenting posters, oral talks, and the 3-minute talk competition. The student winners (about 10% of total participants) will be selected in three categories (talk, 3-min talk, poster) at the five levels (high school, undergraduate, Master graduate, Ph.D. graduate and postdoc) by the Symposium Student Award Committee.

Abstracts may include one figure, 0-5 references, and should have about 250 words. The figure should highlight the work and help readers to understand the results. The figure may be data, instrumental setup, model, or other graphic. The abstract in MS word should be sent to Dr. Hou by email ( The date of abstract submission will start on December 1, 2020, and end on January 31, 2021. No abstract will be accepted after January 31, 2021.

Each of you, including previous participants and newcomers, are truly welcome to attend in the 2020 Annual Research Frontier Symposium on ASU campus on March 10-11, 2021. Your participation is vital for the success of the Symposium.

For more information, contact Harvey Hou (phone: 334-604-9183, email: and visit the website



-Submitted by 

Harvey Hou, Professor of Forensic Science

Laboratory of Forensic Analysis and Photosynthesis

Department of Physical/Forensic Sciences

Alabama State University