sustainable safety culture
organized and centralized resources
By Researchers, For Researchers
The Joint Research Safety Initiative (JRSI) is a new safety community run by students, post-docs, and research assistants on campus that aims to provide centralized and accessible safety and educational resources for students and faculty. Our safety and efficiency is up to us, and only us.
What We Do
gather departmental data
We develop and implement surveys to measure the effectiveness of our initiative and the culture of our departments.
facilitate open dialogues
We put on events, safety demos, vendor fairs, and safety programs to encourage open dialogue and participation.
train lab safety contacts
We are working to improve the quality and availability of training resources for current and future LSCs.
Education Committee Chair
Publicity Committee Chair
Mason Dearborn is currently a third-year graduate student in Prof. Aaron Esser-Kahn’s lab in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. Mason grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but headed south for his undergraduate career at the University of Southern Mississippi. Now, he uses frontal polymerization for rapid, energy-efficient manufacturing of polymers and composites with autonomous patterning.
Survey Committee Chair
Sarah is a founding member of the JRSI. She received her B.S. in ACS Certified Chemistry and also in Applied Physics with a minor in Applied Mathematics from Ohio Northern University. She is in the Engel lab where she engineers highly efficient organic optoelectronic materials and studies their electrical properties using ultrafast electronic spectroscopy.
NDSEG Fellow, 2018
Finance Committee Chair
Hailing from Edina, MN, James received his B.S in Materials Sciences and Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2016. James is now a 5th year graduate student in Molecular Engineering, being co-advised by Prof. Stuart Rowan and Prof. Paul Nealey where he is researching polymer nanocomposites featuring cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs).
Andrew is originally from Hutchinson, MN, and came to the University of Chicago after completing his B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College. Andrew is now a 5th-year graduate student in Prof. Michael D. Hopkins’s lab; his research interests include the investigation of photo- and redox-active molecules that self-assemble into ordered monolayers on surfaces.