Profiles in BME
What does your prior academic background look like?
I attended Mississippi State University where I studied Chemical Engineering. I supplementedMississippi State’s industry-focused chemical engineering curriculum with a biomolecular concentration. These supplementary classes gave me a good foundation that helped me bridge the gap between engineering principles and biologically-related problems I worked to solve during my research.
What kinds of outreach programs have you been a part of?
The two main outreach programs that I was a part of during my time as an undergrad were Tau Beta Pi and Girls Engineering Change. As part of Tau Beta Pi, we frequently did volunteer work with several local boy scout troops including hosting soap box races and camping trips. We also served as judges for the state science fair. Girls Engineering Change focused on completing “kit builds,” such as solar powered USBs, with girls in middle school and high school in hopes of encouraging girls at a younger age to enter STEM fields.
What made you want to pursue graduate research?
Research is a process through which you not only come to understand the way in which our world functions daily, but you also are given the opportunity to change it. Each day that you spend in the lab brings with it the possibility that the way we practice medicine, build our industrial and economical infrastructure, or even the way we communicate can be streamlined, augmented, or even revolutionized. I wanted to pursue graduate research because of my own interests, specifically in regenerative medicine, and the excitement associated with the research process.
What advice do you have for students applying to the Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering PhD Program?
I would advise students to tell their story and show their personality. If you are applying to Hopkins, you most likely have credentials that meet their standards. However, credentials are not the only determining factor for acceptance. Research is a collaborative effort and Hopkins seeks to fill its labs and its new BME PhD class with students who thrive in a team-based atmosphere.