Rehab Talat participated in the Bioengineering Education Research REU (BER-REU) program this summer at Northwestern University. Talat is a senior honors student who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Her summer work, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focused on developing a curriculum for a middle school engineering outreach program and learning about bioethics and technical communication. Talat says, “The summer BER-REU has opened a door for me not only when it comes to exploring bioethics, but also when it comes to improving education.”
Aaron Shank, a senior honors student who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering, was selected as an Amgen Scholar at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Shank participated in a ten-week summer research program, focusing on stem cell research at the renowned Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Of the more than 1,000 applicants for the UCSD Amgen Scholars Program, Shank was among just 30 selected. After completing his final quarter of undergraduate coursework during the fall term, Shank plans to enter a combined M.D.-Ph.D. program. For more information about Shank, please visit the Wright State University newsroom.
Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty-seven Fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study. We are pleased toannounce that Megan Fisher (B.A. 2011 Social Work) is a 2011 recipient of a $5,000 Ruth E. Brasher Fellowship. The Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors created a named fellowship in honor of Dr. Ruth E. Brasher to recognize her years of dedicated service and in appreciation for the planned gift that endowed the fellowship, which recognizes exceptional service and undergraduate majors in domestic and family science.
During her undergraduate career, Megan was active in the Social Work Club and served on the Service Learning Advisory Board. She was also treasurer and president of Alpha Delta Mu and completed a practicum at Catholic Social Services in the Refugee Resettlement Department. She plans to continue her education at the University of Michigan, pursuing a masters in social work, and serve as a volunteer in a legal advocacy center serving people in poverty, especially immigrants. Megan's career goal is to work toward immigration policy change. Congratulations, Megan!