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Artificial heart lab demonstrates the impact of undergraduate research
by Jamie Oberdick
While graduate students and faculty are known for their research work, undergraduates also make significant contributions to the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s research portfolio.
Students in the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Lab, headed by Keefe Manning, associate dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor of biomedical engineering, recently were recognized for their work at the Undergraduate Exhibition, held annually at the end of the spring semester on the Penn State University Park campus. The exhibition showcases undergraduate research and artistry across many disciplines at the University. At the 2019 event, four of Manning’s students produced award-winning posters focused on various ways to improve artificial hearts and make them safer for patients, highlighting the impact that undergraduate research can have on society.
In the “Engineering” category, students involved with the Artificial Heart and Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Lab nearly swept the top three awards. The first-place winner was Cody Kubicki, class of 2019, mechanical engineering; second place was Cara Pearson, class of 2019, biomedical engineering, and a Schreyer Honors College graduate; and tied for third place was Tice Harkins, class of 2019, premedicine, from the Eberly College of Science, and a
Schreyer Honors College graduate. Brady Houtz, rising biomedical engineering senior and a Schreyer Honors College student, took first prize in the University Libraries’ “Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy” category. n
 Penn State biomedical engineering undergraduate students Tice Harkins, left, Cara Pearson, center, and Cody Kubicki with their Undergraduate Exhibition awards. (Photo credit: Keefe Manning)

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