2024 Regional Symposia - Western

The 2024 SFB Western Symposia will be hosted by the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz, in Aurora, Colorado, September 19-20, 2024.  

Symposia programs will include shared plenary speakers from the above locations with content accessible remotely across the country. Participants will include faculty and student populations of the respective host institutions, while also featuring regional presentations, speakers, and posters. 

Proposed Updated Program (subject to change):

September 19, 2024 (All Times Mountain)

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Set-up
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Registration / Check-in
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome by Site Chairs
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Invited Talk I
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Plenary Session I
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Invited Talk II
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Single Track Session I
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Invited Talk III
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Single Track Session II
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Plenary Session II
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM Break
3:50 PM - 5:00 PM Rapid-Fire Poster Presentations I
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Poster Session I

September 20, 2024 (All Times Mountain)

8:00 AM - 8:25 AM Registration / Check-in
8:25 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome by Site Chairs
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Invited Talks IV and V
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Plenary Session III
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Single Track Session III
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Panel Discussion: Navigating Starting a Career in Academia or Industry 
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM Break
2:50 PM - 3:50 PM Invited Talks VI and VII
3:50 PM - 5:00 PM Rapid-Fire Poster Presentations II
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Break / Walk to Poster Session
5:15 PM - 8:00 PM Poster Session II



Lodging for the Western Region Symposium is available at the Hyatt Regency Aurora Denver Conference Center conveniently located within walking distance of the symposium. A block of 10 rooms has been reserved on a first come first serve basis at the discounted rates shown below:

Room Type Block Type Single Rate Double Rate Triple Rate Quad Rate
King Bed Room Group $169.00 $169.00 $194.00 $219.00
Queen/Queen Group $184.00 $184.00 $209.00 $234.00

To reserve a room please call (303)365-1234 and mention that you would like to book in the Biomaterials Western Region Symposium Room Block. Additional rooms will be available at standard rates and can be booked online or by calling the hotel directly.


Thank you to our sponsors!




Colorado School of MinesFitzsimons Innovation


METiS Therapeutics

For anyone looking to support our exciting work and to help ensure a bright future for biomaterials and all who study them please consider sponsoring SFB's 2024 Regional Symposia nationally and/or regionally!

Regional Symposia Co-Chairs:

Nikki Farnsworth, PhD, Colorado School of Mines
Chelsea Magin, PhD, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz

Program Committee:
Jason Burdick, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
Julianne Holloway, PhD, Arizona State University
Ramya Kumar, PhD, Colorado School of Mines
Kristyn Masters, PhD, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz
Karin Payne, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz
Melissa Reynolds, PhD, Colorado State University
Jessica Weaver, PhD, Arizona State University
Katie Boncella (SFB Student Chapter President), University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz