The Mentored Research Fellowship (MRF) award, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (O.U.R.), was given to five of Dr. Chung-Hao Lee’s undergraduate students. Each award is in the amount of $1000 for conducting undergraduate research projects in the Biomechanics and Biomaterials Design lab (BBDL).
The awardees are chosen based on the intellectual merit of the student’s submitted proposal (research project). The five students awarded from Dr. Lee’s research group are:
- Devin Laurence (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
- Robert Kunkel (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
- Samuel Jett (ME Senior under accelerated BS/MS program)
- Octavio Serrano (ME Senior)
- McKenzie Makovec (ChemE Senior)
Dr. Lee’s BBDL research lab focuses on the following research areas:
- Multiscale Biomechanical Modeling of the Cardiovascular Systems – Heart Valves
- Characterization of Structural and Mechanical Properties of Soft Biological Tissues
- Patient-Specific Modeling for Improved Diagnosis and Prophylactic Disease Management
- Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology Linking with Collagen Biosynthesis and Tissue Growth & Remodeling (G&R)
- Advanced Finite Element and Meshfree Methods for Image-Based Computational Biomechanics
The following profiles expand on each award winner’s current research projects and backgrounds:
According to the MRF website, the Mentored Research Fellowship is a program to cultivate and support student-mentor relationships while working on a research or creative project. This is part of the Office of Undergraduate Research’s commitment to empowering students’ exploration. MRF is open to all University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus undergraduate students.