Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering awarded Prestigious GAANN Grant
The Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University has been awarded a Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant by the US Department of Education to fund five graduate fellowships per year for three years in multiscale biomedical engineering. The fellowships will cover full tuition and provide a stipend of $34,000 to each student.
The focus of this GAANN program is to train graduate students to conduct research in and teach biomedical engineering that will satisfy the increased demand for biomedical engineers who can make explicit and quantitative connections between phenomenon occurring at different scales and use that information to improve human health. It transcends traditional departmental boundaries and encourages interdisciplinary and multiscale approaches.
The GAANN program seeks to develop a fellows’ teaching, communication, and leadership skills, as well as provide them with a solid foundation for conducting research. Fellows will receive intensive mentoring in all aspects of their academic career from senior BME faculty. To develop their teaching skills, fellows will participate in teaching workshops and classes, develop and teach course modules, and serve as teaching assistants for two semesters. To prepare them for leadership, they take part in professional workshops and be involved in K-12 outreach activities. Fellows will also be required to present their research findings every semester to an academic audience and receive feedback from their mentors to improve and solidify their communication skills. The program is designed such that GAANN fellows after a graduate training period of 4-5 years will be equipped to become leading researchers and educators in biomedical engineering.
This year the 2015-16 GAANN fellowships were awarded to Alex Loiben (Cosgrove lab), Aaron Chiou (Fischbach-Teschl lab), Yudi Pardo (Luo lab), Thong Cao (King lab), and Jeffrey Mulligan (Adie lab). These students were chosen because of their excellent academic record and their interest in teaching or leadership.