L-R) Dr. Anthony McGoron, Dean Mirmiran, first place Stephanie VanGulden, Dr. Gilda Barabino, Ms. Susan Racher and Dr. Ranu Jung


Stephanie Van Gulden, MBRS RISE Fellow and Biomedical Engineering major (laboratory of Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy), has been selected as a participant in the extremely competitive 2012 Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP).


For 26 years, the Northwestern University SROP has provided undergraduates with an opportunity for direct involvement in research and a taste of graduate student life at a world class university. Its mission has been to increase diversity among students pursuing graduate education and to provide a valuable academic research experience for students.  The success of Northwestern SROP participants has been significant.

Stephanie was also awarded First Prize for her poster presentation at the Second Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day which took place on March 23rd, 2012 in the Engineering Center at Florida International University.  Undergraduate students had the opportunity to share their experience and findings with other students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and visitors in a judge poster session.  Postdoctoral fellows graded each participant based on the poster display, content, and oral presentation.  The first-place award went to Stephanie for her work on “The Effects of Steady vs. Pulsatile Flow on Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells”.  Worthy of note is that Manuel Salinas, MBRS RISE Graduate Fellow, served as co-author on this winning poster.

Lastly, Stephanie will be inducted into the Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi).

Congratulations, Stephanie!