2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The Fischell Fellowship has enabled me the freedom to pursue unique research that I'm personally invested in. By providing funding for my graduate school stipend, I'm not tied to any specific research projects and have developed a niche area with the help of my advisor and our collaborators. We've been able to pursue a risky, but rewarding research topic: 3D printing of vascular grafts for cardiovascular birth defects.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
As a bioengineering graduate student, the University of Maryland is especially appealing because of its unique relationships and location with surrounding institutions. For example, I've worked with collaborators ranging from the FDA to Children's National Medical Center in DC to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These unique organizations provide access to fantastic resources, other researchers, and compelling projects in the broad area of medical research. Working firsthand with these organizations has tremendously helped my research and was a major reason for my decision to attend Maryland.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will continue to work in the arena of medical research to develop novel materials and therapeutics with the potential to improve human health.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I'm a PhD student with an anticipated graduation date of 2016.
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