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Biological engineering students land impressive summer positions

Because they are sponsored by prestigious national agencies, three biological engineering student summer internships are especially noteworthy.

Rebekah Conley

Rebekah Conley, a junior bioengineering student, accepted a medical device fellowship with the FDA in Washington, D.C. She will be working with Robert Doyle, chief of the Electronic Products Branch.

“The end goal of my fellowship is a paper detailing the effects of lasers on the eye when lasers are used as vision disruption products designed to purposely flash-blind individuals,” Conley said.

Two examples of her technical writing skills were part of her interview for the position.

After graduation next year, Conley plans to pursue an advanced degree in biomedical engineering with an emphasis in biophotonics.

“This fellowship will make me a competitive candidate for graduate school as well as sharpen my understanding of tissue optics and laser systems,” she said.

Josh Santoli

Josh Santoli said he is a senior by credit hours, but will be around for another year before completing his degree in bioengineering. He was one of only 10 students nationally to be accepted as an intern with the NASA National Space Biomedical Research Institute and will be working at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., from June 6 to August 5.

He will be working with Dr. Richard Boyle on an invertebrate electrophysiology project titled “Functional and Mechanistic Analysis of the Bystander Effect in the Nervous System.”

Santoli said he had planned to go to medical school, but because this internship might offer some different opportunities, he wants to keep his options for the future open.

Amanda Sudduth

Amanda Sudduth, a junior in biological engineering, accepted an internship with the National Institutes of Health in their Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program in Washington, D.C. There are 15 other interns in her 10-week program, scheduled for June 6 to August 12.

“I am working with Dr. Hyung Park on a project that is focused on treadmill training and gait analysis,” Sudduth said.

Sudduth said she plans to go to graduate school and hopes this internship, and the undergraduate research she has done at Mizzou, will help her make a decision on whether to work in academia, public sector research or industry.



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