Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE) presented awards to 11 students.
The award for Outstanding Senior Thesis went to Jennifer Meanwell of Ashland, OH for her thesis titled "Technical Choice in Pottery Production: A West Mexican Example." Her advisor was Professor Dorothy Hosler. The award for Best 3B Internship Report was given to Yuri Shona Pek, a senior from Singapore, for two projects "Fabrication and Study of Starch-Based Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering," and "Fabrication and Study of Hydroxyapatite-Glass Ionomer Cement Composities for Bone Cement Applications." His advisor was Professor Yet-Ming Chiang.
Certificates of Honor for a perfect 5.0 cumulative grade point average were presented to seniors Jeremy Cheng of Longmeadow, MA; Albert Hung of Los Altos, CA; Mark Jhon of Pittsburgh; Mr. Pek; and Juwell Wu of Tustin, CA. Jeffrey J. Colton, a senior from Garden Grove, CA, won the Award for Outstanding Service to the DMSE Community in recognition of his active and innovative service as president of the Society of Undergraduate Materials Students.
Foundry Education Foundation Scholarships for Outstanding Students with an Interest in Metals Casting went to freshmen Amanda P. Smith of Rockport, ME and Tina Shih of Flushing, NY. Yulun L. Hsin of Potomac, MD received the award for the outstanding junior in DMSE, while Mr. Cheng won the award for outstanding senior in the department.
Graduate student David Dussault of Medford, MA won the John Wulff Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 6, 2001.