April 9, 2014
BME Class of 2014 Awards
BME Faculty Award for Undergraduate Service: Tiffany Kobee, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student for service to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. These efforts may include leadership in undergraduate organizations, engineering activities, or teaching activities.
BME Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Amanda Chen, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for research excellence. The criterion for eligibility is authorship on a published manuscript or abstract, or presenting author of a public presentation or poster (internal or external).
BME Faculty Award for Teaching Assistant: Karen Meess, '14 and Kristen Harding, '14
Recognizes an outstanding student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for teaching assistant excellence.
BME Outstanding Senior: Amanda Chen, '14 and Kyle Fedorchak, '14
In recognition of his academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.
BME Outstanding Junior: Stacie Zwolski, '15
In recognition for her academic excellence and achievement in Biomedical Engineering.
Tau Beta Pi Prize: Amanda Chen, '14
Recognizes a Tau Beta Pi senior who, through academic achievement, proven leadership, and sterling character has excelled and inspired fellow students.
G. Harold Hook Prize: Jacob VanderBurgh, '14
Awarded to a Hajim School student who has demonstrated an above-average interest in engineering or computer science.
Donald M. Barnard Scholarship Award: Karen Meess, '14, Benjamin Vespone, '14, and Ioannis Zambetakis, '14
Hajim School student who is a junior or senior and shows personal achievement as well as good personal qualities.
April 9, 2014
Three BME Students Awarded Whitaker Scholarships
Biomedical Engineering students Echoe Bouta, Jason Inzana, and Amanda Chen have been awarded a 2014-2015 Whitaker International Program Scholarship grant. Echoe is a PhD candidate from Professor Edward Schwarz's Lab and will be pursuing her post-doctoral training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Jason is a PhD candidate in Professor Hani Awad's Lab and will be pursuing his post-doctoral research at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland. Amanda is currently a senior working in Danielle Benoit's Lab and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge, working with Professor Nigel Slater.
Congratulations to all of you!
April 7, 2014
Mark Buckley Awarded URCCMBM Pilot Grant
Department of Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Mark Buckley was awarded a pilot grant from the University of Rochester Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (URCCMBM) for his research in collaboration with A. Samuel Flemister from the Department of Orthopaedics and Mike Richards from the Department of Surgery. This grant will support their research to improve treatment for insertional Achilles tendinopathy (IAT), a common and painful disease that resists standard forms of non-operative care.
The URCCMBM provides shared facilities and services to groups of established, currently funded investigators addressing scientific problems in musculoskeletal biology and medicine, in order to improve efficiency, accelerate the pace of research, and ensure greater productivity.
April 2, 2014
Amanda Chen Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship
Amanda Chen, a senior BME student and undergraduate research assistant in the Benoit Lab, received a prestigious National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, and first year BME graduate student Bentley Hunt, received an NSFHonorable Mention. The fellowship, which is part of a federally sponsored program, provides up to three years of graduate study support for students pursing doctoral or research-based master's degrees.
March 31, 2014
Calvin Yoon '13 awarded POSTECH Presidential Fellowship
Calvin Yoon graduated with his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering in 2013. With a strong passion for wound healing and cancer research, Calvin focused his senior design project on developing an optical probe to guide skin cancer detection through 3D imaging under Jannick Rolland, Ph.D. of the Institute of Optics.
He says the Senior Design experience made him better realize that he enjoys building and developing devices geared towards his field of interest. The experience also allowed him to network with researchers in his field, which led him to the M.S./Ph.D. program in Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Pohang, South Korea.
Calvin is working on two projects in the Biomedical Optics and Instrumentation Lab at POSTECH under his supervisor Ki Hean Kim, Ph.D.: The development of an imaging system to detect cancer by using nanoparticles, and another project - the development of a handheld 3D imaging system to guide intraocular surgery, which led him to being chosen as a POSTECH Presidential Fellowship winner.
A total of eight graduate students and two undergraduate students won the POSTECH fellowship this year. Calvin says that the fellowship will help tremendously, as he currently lives with his grandparents, and his grandfather has been undergoing treatment for cancer.
Beyond his dedication to developing medical devices, Calvin is also passionate about his fellow students and community, which led him to co-found the student-run organization Northbound Leadership. Northbound Leadership started as a small group at the University of Rochester, but has since evolved into a larger organization with student involvement from universities around the world. Northbound's mission is to create future leaders through self-discovery, personal growth, and community service. For more information please visit the Northbound Leadership site.