Biomaterials (anticipated)

Bristow, VA

Class Standing

About me:
I am a sophomore in the BME department with an anticipated concentration in the Biomaterials track. I am also a student in the Albert Dorman Honors College as part of the accelerated medical program. On campus, I am actively involved in research in various labs: during my freshman year, I conducted an independent study on the effect of vestibular stimulation on the fine motor control of individuals with ADHD as part of a university-level grant that I won. Throughout my freshman year, I also gave multiple presentations of my research, including a presentation at the New Jersey Entrepreneurial Network’s annual meeting at Princeton University, where I won an award for the Best Presentation. I also received funding for a second independent project dealing with the fabrication of a novel biomimetic scaffold for enhanced peripheral nerve regeneration through a 2nd place win in the TechQuest competition and an NSF grant. I conducted research for this project during the summer after my freshman year and I continue to do so during the free time I have in between classes. Besides research, I am also active in a number of organizations; for instance, I am the Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and a Highlander Health Educator (HHE) focused on mental health outreach. Additionally, I am a member of the Pre-Health Society, the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and a writer for the Technology Observer.

Why I chose to attend NJIT:
I chose to attend NJIT mainly because of the generous aid offered to me by the Honors College in the form of scholarships as well as my acceptance into the accelerated medical program. However, upon visiting the campus, I was also impressed by the close-knit feel of the BME department and the high quality of its program. I liked how the professors seemed to be very approachable and encouraged students to engage in internship, co-op, and research experiences to enrich their classroom learning.

What I like best about NJIT:
What I especially like about NJIT is its small-school feel. As a student, you are able to take classes within your major with many of the same people, with whom you quickly become well acquainted. These people become your lab partners, your homework buddies, your mentors, and possibly even your best friends. Together, you create a cohesive learning community that makes going to class enjoyable. It also makes it easier to learn difficult concepts that you struggle to understand at first – there are always fellow students who are willing to take the time to assist you and provide you with study materials, which can be rare at other universities with large class sizes and where classes are taught in a more impersonal manner.

My goals after I graduate:
I plan to move on to medical school after I graduate from NJIT. I am strongly considering applying to combined MD-PhD programs due to my deep-seated interest and involvement in research during my undergraduate years. I intend to specialize in Neuroscience, so my PhD degree would be in Neuroscience with a medical specialization in either Neurology or Psychiatry.

My advice to prospective students interested in Biomedical Engineering at NJIT:
Do not be daunted by the number of credits that are required for this major. BME is a very broad field that requires knowledge of various engineering disciplines, which is reflected in our department’s in-depth curriculum. When you are experiencing trouble in your classes, do not be afraid to ask professors and upperclassmen for assistance! Our department as a whole is very much focused on helping undergraduate students, so you will almost always find a helping hand in someone, whether it be a professor or a student, who will go the extra mile in making sure you are not completely lost or confused in whatever you are learning. On that note, if I can ever be of assistance to you, feel free to ask! Just shoot me an email and I will respond as soon as I can.

Ask me about BME@NJIT!