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College of Engineering Students Receive Prestigious Grant

Two College of Engineering biomedical engineering students, Connor Verheyen ’17 and Nicholas Nolan ’17, have been awarded the Whitaker International Fellowship Grant. This grant provides biomedical engineering students with funding to conduct research abroad. It also enables these students to experience biomedical engineering from an international perspective while fostering increased interaction between U.S.-based biomedical engineers and their overseas colleagues.

Nolan was mentored by Dr. Jean-Marie Parel, director of the Ophthalmic Biophysics Center of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Nolan is the fourth student mentored by Parel to receive the Whitaker International Fellowship Grant. He will be hosted by Parel’s collaborators at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney, Australia.

Verheyen was closely mentored by Dr. Alice Tomei, assistant professor of the biomedical engineering department. Verheyen also serves as the president of UConnect, the University of Miami’s peer-based undergraduate research platform. Tomei’s collaborators at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, will be hosting Verheyen for his research abroad.

Following the students’ graduation in May, these prestigious awards will support their research experiences abroad for nine to 12 months.