Whitaker International Fellow Amanda Chen has been awarded the 2015 Student Award for Outstanding Research (Undergraduate Category) from the Society of Biomaterials (SFB) for work done at her undergraduate institution, the University of Rochester. Amanda is an M.Phil by research student here, from the BioScience Engineering group.
Amanda was nominated for this award by Prof. Danielle Benoit, James P. Wilmot Distinguished Assistant Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Center for Musculoskeletal Research.
As stated in the award letter, "this prestigious award is specifically given to student researchers who have shown outstanding achievement in biomaterials research." This award will be presented at SFB’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in April 2015. As a recipient of the award, Amanda receives support for up to $500 toward travel to the meeting as well as complimentary meeting registration. Additionally, her award-winning manuscript, Disruption of Cell-Cell Contact-mediated Notch Signaling via Hydrogel Encapsulation Reduces Mesenchymal Stem Cell Chondrogenic Potential, is being considered for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A.