Darvin Griffin receives the Mike Shinn NSBE Distinguished Member of the Year
Darvin J. Griffin, (PhD, ’15, Biomedical Engineering), was selected for one of the highest honors awarded to graduate students by the NSBE. The Mike Shinn NSBE Distinguished Member of the Year award is given to a female and male NSBE member who exemplifies the NSBE mission and who demonstrate high scholastic performance, dedicated service to the Society and other organizations, and who possess high professional promise.
Darvin is currently working with the Bonassar Research Group at Cornell Engineering. His research is focused on investigating the structure- function relationship of healthy, damaged, and repaired articular cartilage. Results from his research have been published in many peer-reviewed journals and presented at various scientific conferences. His research has contributed to him receiving many fellowships and accolades including the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Sage & Coleman Academic Scholarship, the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliate Scholarship, the NSBE Major Sponsor Scholarship, the NSBE Fellows Scholarship, the NSBE Graduate Student Professional Conference Scholarship, and the NSBE Fulfilling the Legacy Scholarship.
In addition, Darvin’s public impact extends beyond his research as an active mentor to minority students in the STEM fields at the middle school and college levels. Darvin has personally lead programming and mentored over 180 pre-college Black and Latino high school students in the summer program, CATALYST Academy as the Residence Hall Director. Darvin has assisted them with engaging in engineering research and design projects, college admissions, and general role modeling for these young scholars. His leadership within these outreach events has been particularly influential in efforts to increase undergraduate women and minorities in Cornell Engineering.