Vol. 3 No. 1 September 2004
BE Major Developments
BE vs. BME
MIT Bio, Eng Options
Prof. Schauer: BME Program
BMES-J&J Research Award
Internship Experience Abroad
Letter from Berkeley
Letter from UCSD
MIT BMES Chapter Goals
MIT BMES 10th Anniversary
The BioTECH Quarterly
BMES J&J Research Award winners showcased
BMES-Johnson & Johnson Research Prize winners showcased their
research at the award ceremony held on May 6, 2004. From left to right
(winners’ name in bold): Lili Peng, VP of Special Projects ’03-’04,
Max Cohen ’05, Teresa Toole, J&J Representative,
Amy Shi ’04, Julie Tse ’06, Woon Teck Yap ’05,
Sid Puram ’05, Alexis DeSieno ’05, President.
’05, Physics, Biology. “Altered kinetics of platelet adhesion
with stenting.” HST Biomedical Engineering Center, Prof. Elazer Edelman.
Puram ’05, Biology, Brain & Cognitive Sciences. “Poly beta-amino
ester microspheres as a specific and controlled DNA delivery vector.”
MIT Chemical Engineering Robert Langer Laboratory, Steven Little.
Shi ’04, Chemical Engineering. “Demonstration of cell density
effects on stem cell kinetics symmetry.” MIT BE Division Sherley Laboratory,
Prof. James Sherley.
Julie Tse ’06, Chemical Engineering. “Biocompatibility
of polymeric microspheres for intraperitoneal drug delivery.” MIT
Chemical Engineering Langer Lab, Dr. Daniel Kohane.
Woon Teck Yap ’05,
Biology. “Synthesis of novel hydrogel particles for antigen delivery
to and activation of dendritic cells.” Biomaterials and Immune System
Bioengineering Lab, Prof. Darrell Irvine.
from BMES-J&J Review Committee
The overall applicant pool, although not as large as we had hoped,
contained breadth in projects, wonderful letters of recommendation,
and showed the overall high quality of research conducted by undergraduate
students in BME here at MIT. The task of selecting the winners is
always difficult, yet the committee after careful review of the applicants
is left with astonishment at the overall excellence of the applicant
The winners specifically . . .
deep interest and dedication to his project are immediately apparent
in his application. With a background in basic sciences, he nevertheless
delves into biomedical engineering-oriented research with extraordinary
Puram’s research is strongly supported by experimental data
and results, and his application reflects well on his solid background
as a double major in Biology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences.
Shi's application is concise and well-organized, specifically
tailored to the BMES-J&J award requirements as a solid representation
of research on the interface between biology and engineering.
Tse’s entry stands out with a very strong letter of recommendation,
which highlights with vivid details her persistence in research, her
record of staying in lab past midnight to carry out time-sensitive experiments.
Woon Teck Yap
demonstrates unusual independence in his research, finishing his major
in Biology in 3 years, and for his 4th year he is continuing his project
in Materials Science & Engineering in the Irvine Lab for the Master
of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (MEBE) Program.
BMES-Johnson & Johnson Excellence in Biomedical Engineering
Thanks to the collaborative support of the Division of Biological
Engineering at MIT and generous funding from Johnson & Johnson,
five of these prizes are granted each year to MIT bioengineering students
for outstanding research conducted at the undergraduate and Masters’ (M.Eng./S.M.)
degree levels. Each winner receives a cash prize as well as a chance to
present his/her research at an MIT BMES general body meeting in the spring.
How: submit an application package, consisting
1) completed application form
2) 1-page abstract
3) advisor nomination
Semi-finalists will be interviewed by the BMES-J&J
Review Committee; finalists will present research at a BMES general
body meeting in the spring.
When: applications will be distributed in Fall
2004, and completed entries will be collected in Spring 2005. Contact
Jonathan Wu <firstname.lastname@example.org>, VP of Special Projects, for further
* Quality of the applicant’s written and oral communication skills, as
demonstrated by the submitted research abstract and interview performance;
* Overall impact of the research in biomedical engineering,
as demonstrated by the faculty advisor nomination and selection committee