David Reynolds, a junior in mechanical engineering, has been selected for the highly competitive Stanford ADVANCE Undergraduate Institute (AUI). This three-day, intensive institute focuses on introducing students to a graduate school environment. It is sponsored by Stanford Biosciences and Stanford Black Bioscience Organization.
Reynolds is currently an undergraduate research assistant in, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Nicole Hashemi’s lab focusing on bio microfluidic and optofluidic systems. Reynolds has his sights set on a Ph.D. in bioengineering after completing his undergrad.
“I am very excited to visit Stanford University,” Reynolds said. “As an aspiring bioengineering Ph.D. student, I believe my time in the program will provide me with the opportunity to seek professional advice in my graduate applications from Stanford’s research and graduate admissions faculty. I will also learn how my research interests could be paired with Stanford’s ongoing bioengineering projects.”
According to Stanford, the AUI institute helps prepare highly motivated students for their future Ph.D. programs. It is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to receive research experience and mentorship at a university outside of their undergraduate institution.
Reynolds hopes his experience at the AUI will encourage other Iowa State students to consider furthering their education with a Ph.D. in bioengineering – and apply for AUI.
“When I come back from the program, I aim to share my experience and influence other Iowa State students to consider and apply for the program,” Reynolds said.