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On Monday, March 6, the School of Biomedical Engineering held its annual Graduate Interview Day Social for Ph.D. candidates seeking admission to the bioengineering program.

During this event, our faculty had the opportunity to recognize three graduate students who have made a significant mark on the School of Biomedical Engineering for their diligence, consistency, and willingness to pursue distinction. Zach Fox received the Outstanding Graduate Student Overall Excellence Award, Nichol Ramo received the Graduate Teaching Award for Excellence, and Kristine Fischenich received the Academic Research Excellence Award. Congratulations Zach, Nicole, and Kristine!  Each will receive $100 from the SBME to celebrate their auspicious achievements.

Additionally, Ketul Popat, associate professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, received the Excellence in Teaching Award for going above and beyond to serve the SBME student body with his quality teaching efforts for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Popat is recognized by his peers as a professor who embodies the high-quality teaching and mentorship that SBME strives to apportion to all students.

At the event, current students showcased their research. Sixteen visiting students were asked to list their top three posters of interest. Two laboratories were notable for the number of mentions in the top three. These were the laboratories of Melissa Reynolds, assistant professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering,  and Tammy Donahue, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering. Each lab received a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $150 for use in their labs.