Student Research Week (SRW) is an annual event held at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, and is designed to showcase the ongoing research taking place at the school. The event is run entirely by graduate students, and is one of the top events held each year by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) at the university.
Founded in 1994, Student Research Week at TAMU is designed specifically to recognize graduate and undergraduate researchers and their work, as well as to provide them with a platform to showcase the research being done at the university. Attendees to the event often include other students as well as school administration and faculty.
All academic colleges are represented at Student Research Week, in which three days are offered to showcase work in the form of oral and poster competitions. This year, three Department of Biomedical Engineering students were honored for their presentations and posters at the event:
Christie Bergerson – top honors in the graduate oral division with her research on regenerative therapy for comminuted long bone fractures. Currently, patients with this type of injury often need orthopedic implants and have very limited use of limbs. Her presentation covered a new therapy involving facilitating bone tissue regrowth into fractures, which could allow patients to use their injured limbs after recovery.
Steve Zambrano – second place in the graduate poster competition for his design of a non-invasive implantable pneumatic driver. This design is for a cardiac assist device that doesn’t have to be placed into the heart – instead it can be placed around the organ, making it less invasive and limiting tissue damage.
Robert Thompson – second place in the undergraduate poster division for his research on replication of vasculature susceptible to atherosclerosis environments. His research and the replicated device could improve the understanding of causes and the development of future treatments related to vascular diseases.