Scholarship support at all levels provides critical aid to our students. We strive to help as many students as possible with the financial obligations of their engineering education. Here are the stories of our scholarship recipients to date.
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SBME SCHOLARSHIP FOR LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION
This scholarship supports graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in biomedical engineering who show a commitment to leadership and excel as creative problem-solvers.
2018/19 Award Winner
Natalie Rios serves as the outreach coordinator for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this role, she manages 12 team members and has used the Gallup Strength Finder curriculum to organize subcommittees based on identified strengths so members can collaborate and thrive. She also utilized CSU’s admission platform, Slate, for event registration which dramatically improved organization of the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event and allowed collection of more participant information. From this information, SWE can identify which participants apply to CSU for engineering, giving SWE information about the effectiveness of their outreach to middle school girls.
2017/18 Award Winner
Tyler Daniel has demonstrated leadership skills working in the Therapeutic Materials and Biointerfacial Research Laboratory at CSU, attaining his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America, and serving as a resident assistant on campus. A Daniels Scholar, Tyler has also worked every semester, often working multiple jobs. After graduation, he hopes to work in genetics, specifically DNA manipulation, to help cure cancer and other life-long diseases.
2016/17 Award Winner
Hannah Robinson demonstrated leadership in designing a new lab for students taking machine dynamics. Robinson’s lab allows students to design a four-bar mechanism representing components of the human knee and testing their design on 3D printed bones. In the future, she hopes to work with a medical device company and utilize her background to improve patient care.
2015/16 Award Winner
Hannah Mikelson served as president of the Society of Women Engineers-CSU Chapter and collegiate senator for the Society of Women Engineers-Region I (covering the central region of the U.S.). In addition, she participated in a co-op at Zimmer Biomet, an internship at Osypka Medtec and has accepted a full-time offer to be a quality engineer after she graduates in May 2018.
2014/15 Award Winners
Craig Ewell is a first-generation student who was raised by a single parent and who held various leadership roles on campus. As Craig once posted on social media, “From start to finish, CSU has been nothing but a blessing in my life! I have loved every moment of my time here. I am and will always be a RAM for life!” Craig works as an electronic sales engineer for Phoenix Contact.
Megan Rives is a single mom who is also a first-generation student. Her strong academics, commitment to her professional field, and her ability to overcome life’s obstacles demonstrate the spirit of the SBME Scholarship. Megan spent her summers in college working as an engineering intern at Terumo BCT, Tolmar Inc., and Woodward, Inc. After graduating from CSU, she accepted a mechanical engineering position at Woodward, Inc.
JOAN KING ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Joan King Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports students with an interest in biomedical sciences or engineering and with an eye toward sharing their talents with the world in the context of work/life balance. Applicants are encouraged to address their unique greatness and how they use it to make a difference in the world.
2018/19 Award Winners
Mallory Knudsen is a transfer student in the Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering program with a strong interest in emerging biomedical engineering technology. In addition to working full time, taking a full load of courses, and maintaining exceptionally high grades, Mallory participated in a week-long prosthetic innovation program in Quito, Ecuador this summer. As a first-generation student, she is passionate about improving her life and the lives in the community around her. She plans to add a human touch to the engineering designs she creates to emphasize that people are more than just clients or patients.
Jordan Nelson is a senior working toward a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and plans to attend medical school. She is an active member of the CSU community shown by her involvement in starting an osteopathic medicine club on campus, volunteering in a biochemistry lab and taking part in Biomedical Sciences Department outreach activities such as Brain Awareness Week, Community Organ Presentations, and Anatomy Camp. Jordan hopes to use her medical education to tend to the needs of individuals at home and around the world.
2017/18 Award Winners
Patricia Stasiowski is a first-generation who entered CSU as a biomedical engineering and chemical and biological engineering major. She was inspired to pursue these fields of study after watching her cousin recover from a horrific car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. She hopes to create a medical device for paraplegics and quadriplegics that will help them walk again. An active leader, Patricia is vice-president of the CSU International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Savannah Sandvick is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and is looking to become a physician’s assistant in the field of orthopedics so that she can help others live a more healthy and balanced life. Funding her own education, she is extremely grateful for this scholarship award and is looking forward to receiving coaching by members of the Colorado Women of Influence.
2016/17 Award Winners
Jennifer Brooks is a wife and mother who looks forward to pursuing a career in healthcare (general surgery, cardiology, or OB/GYN) that will bring her talents to people in need. In May 2017, she graduated from CSU with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science and plans to attend medical school. She looks forward to someday provide medical missions in developing countries.
Emily Li is a first generation student who entered CSU as a biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering major. In addition, she is pursuing a minor in business administration. She placed second and received partial scholarship funding. Emily’s experience working in the biomaterials research lab has inspired her to pursue a graduate degree and hopes to eventually help manufacture new and improved medical devices.
2015/16 Award Winner
Katie Lawrence received bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering in May 2016. She worked as an intern for Wolf Robotics and created 3D visual simulations of cells, helping Wolf customers find creative and innovative solutions. Katie is currently working at Nordson Medical as a product development engineer.
SAMSON DESIGN BIOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Samson Design Biotechnology Innovation Scholarship is a $2,500 annual scholarship created to support a new SBME graduate student who demonstrates an interest and talent in biotechnology innovation and shows promise in innovative thinking.
2018/19 Award Winner
Mark Greenwood began his Doctorate in Philosophy in Bioengineering in fall 2018. Greenwood was overjoyed upon hearing the news. “I’m just feeling very fortunate.” he stated.
2015/16 Award Winner
Yanyi Zang began her Doctorate in Philosophy in Bioengineering in fall 2015. As an undergraduate student, she conducted nanotechnology research at Kent State University. “I chose CSU as my graduate school because SBME has collaboration throughout the campus and other industries, which offers me great opportunities to learn more skills,” said Zang. She received this scholarship for her independent research and ability to capitalize on an accidental discovery of a potential MRI contrast agent.