ME Senior Receives Unique Scholarship from USS Little Rock Association
When Alfred King joined the crew of the USS Little Rock in 1945, he couldn’t have anticipated how his service might impact his family 70 years later.
Earlier this month, a representative from the USS Little Rock Association presented King’s granddaughter, Lauren Symmes, with a $1,000 Descendant Scholarship during a reception at the School of Engineering.
The USS Little Rock Association provides two scholarships to third- and fourth-year students who are descendants of association veteran members. Symmes’ grandfather, now deceased, was an Association life member after serving as a crewmember on the Little Rock from 1945-47.
Sagar Kaushik, a 2015 graduate of the School of Engineering, was awarded a 2015 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Design and Research Award for his work studying treatments of exposed dental pulp tissue.
The award comes with a $400 travel stipend and an opportunity to present his research at the BMES Conference in Tampa, Florida, on October 9.
“We are very proud of Sagar for receiving this prestigious award,” said Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who mentored Kaushik along with Kyounga Cheon, D.M.D. an instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “As far as I know, this is the first time a UAB student has received a BMES research award.”
Kaushik is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the UAB School of Public Health, but he continues to do research in Jun’s lab. He received the award for his abstract, “Evaluation of Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole Encapsulated Injectable Self-Assembled Biomimetic Nanomatrix Gel on Enterococcus Faecalis and Treponema Denticola.”
That abstract describes the development of a biomimetic nanomatrix gel that is intended to minimize the clinical limitations of existing treatments while maximizing a natural healing process of root canal infection.
Read more about Kaushik's research at The Mix, UAB's research blog.
Students Network with Potential Employers at 2015 Welcome Back Lunch
|Southern Company's Brandi Vines (top right) visits SOE students at Wednesday's luncheon. Vines and ECE student Taylor Morgan (bottom left) spoke about the value co-ops added to their respective undergraduate experiences.|
Nearly 150 students filled the UAB Alumni House Wednesday for the Dean’s Welcome Back Lunch. In addition to students and faculty, nine different employers were on hand to meet students and offer information on co-ops, internships, and career opportunities.
“In the past this event has been focused on student activities and organizations, but we saw an opportunity to get students and potential employers together in an informal setting,” said Desland Robinson, director of career services for the School of Engineering. “Co-ops and internships are increasingly important parts of an engineer’s education, so our goal for this event was to get our students—especially freshmen and sophomores—to start thinking now about what opportunities are available.”
After a brief welcome from School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., students heard from current student Taylor Morgan and from civil engineering alumna Brandi Vines—both of whom stressed the importance of co-ops in helping shape their career goals.
SOE Launches Crowdfunding Effort to Support Future of Blazer BEST
Blazer BEST is back and bigger than ever.
With a record 32 teams participating in this year’s event, the School of Engineering is increasing its outreach potential exponentially by exposing hundreds of additional middle and high school students to fundamentals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
To help cover the cost of that expansion and to ensure the future successful growth of Blazer BEST, the school is launching a crowdfunding campaign that will attempt to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of things like facility and equipment rental, game kits, and, perhaps most significant, the cost of a second playing field.
“The only way we could expand participation to 32 teams was to create a second playing field so that we can have multiple teams competing at once,” says Blazer BEST co-director Lyn Lewis. That increase alone is enough to nearly double the expense of last year’s event—and that’s before you add the cost of eight additional supply kits teams will use to build their robots.
But for organizers who have experienced BEST in the past, the cost of the event is not equal to its true value.
“Blazer BEST has always been free to the participants, and we have kept it that way because we want to encourage as many students to take part in this event as possible,” says SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “This competition helps develop STEM skillsets, but we also see examples of teamwork and sportsmanship each year that are nothing short of inspirational.”