The day began with a magnificent seminar presented by Dr. Mary P. McDougall, from Texas A&M University, who presented a magnificent seminar entitled ENGINEERING APPROACHES TO INCREASE THE ACCESSIBILITY OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND SPECTROSCOPY followed by the innovative posters and presentations by 12 undergraduate students. Later in the day there was a panel discussion featuring BME alumni from across the industry, medicine, graduate, and medical school.
BME undergraduate students demonstrated leadership and confidence as they each took their turn presenting their project to judges and peers with a two-minute live pitch talk. Each presentation signified and proved the tremendous effort and detailed work that all of them had been putting into it.
The first-place prize went to Mariel Chavez and her research on Standardized Approach to Assess Performance of Non-Contact Thermal Measurements.
The second place was awarded to Paulina Alvarez Armel for her research on Computational Assessment of Oscillatory Flows to Induce Valve Calcification.
The third place went to Melissa Venedicto for her research Facilitated Release of Doxorubicin from Biodegradable Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles (MSN).
It was indeed a pleasure to once again gather in person to see the dedication and enthusiasm displayed by our undergraduates during our 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Day. Expressed Dr. Ranu Jung, Chair and Professor of the Biomedical Engineering Department.
The BME Undergraduate Day combined the Annual BME Undergraduate Research Day and recognition of students in the Coulter Undergraduate Research Program (CURE). The Undergraduate Day also included an Open House for BME freshman and sophomores, and a BME Alumni Panel Discussion featuring former students from across the industry, medicine, graduate, and medical school.
In closing the day, a panel of five BME alumni panel had a real life conversation with undergraduate students about what it is like to land that first opportunity after graduation.Our alumni shared their experiences, challenges, and best moments of being part of the BME department and gave them advice on how to stay focus and start looking for opportunities early on their journey.