Petit Institute Announces its 2013 Class of Petit Scholars

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The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech announces its 2013 class of Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars.  The "Petit Scholars" are top undergraduate students from Atlanta-area universities chosen from a highly competitive selection process to conduct independent research projects for a full year at the Petit Institute.

The Petit Scholars program is administered by the Petit Institute and Todd McDevitt, a Petit Faculty Fellow and associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, who serves as the faculty advisor for the program.

"This year we saw the largest and most diverse applicant pool to date," McDevitt said.  "With the program's prestige growing within the biotech research community, we had an extremely competitive application process.  From the generosity of our supporters, we were able to award sixteen research scholarships for 2013."

From January through December of 2013, each of the 16 scholars will be mentored by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in a Petit Institute laboratory.  During this period, the scholars will work to develop their own research projects which they themselves have selected after a thorough interview process with potential mentors.  Research is conducted within the areas of cancer biology, biomaterials, drug design, development and delivery, molecular evolution, molecular cellular and tissue biomechanics, regenerative medicine, stem cell engineering and systems biology.  Many scholars will have made enough progress in their research by the end of the year to participate on scientific publications and/or present at conferences.  

The class of 2013 is represented by students from Georgia Tech, Emory University, Morehouse College and Agnes Scott College.

2013 Class of Petit Scholars:
Derrius Anderson - Morehouse
Rebecca Byler - GT
Marisa Casola - GT
Dabin Choi - Emory
Camden Esancy - Agnes Scott College
Meredith Fay - GT
David Heaner - GT
Jaheda Khanam - GT
Alicia Lane - GT
Bryant Menn - GT
Ivan Morales - GT
Dylan Richards - GT
Sanjay Sridaran - GT
Max Stockslager - GT
Aditya Suresh - GT
Jose Vasquez Porto-Viso - GT

Since its inception in 2000, the program has supported hundreds of top undergraduate researchers who have gone on to distinguished careers in research, medicine and industry.  Originally established as a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for Tissue Engineering, the program was expanded to a full year research opportunity and has now funded nearly two hundred students.

Funding for the Petit Scholars is supported by Atlanta area community members, including the Friends of the Petit Institute, as well as corporate sponsorship.  If you are interested in donating to this valuable program, please contact us.


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  • Created By: Colly Mitchell
  • Created: 11/29/2012
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016

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