Dabin Choi, acceptance into the 2013 Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
Yoon lab undergraduate volunteer Dabin Choi, who is a second-year student at Emory University, was accepted into the 2013 Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at Georgia Tech.
The Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars program is a competitive scholarship program that serves to develop the next generation of leading bioengineering and bioscience researchers by providing a comprehensive research experience for a full year. Open to all Atlanta area university students, the program allows undergraduates to conduct independent research in the state-of-the-art laboratories of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience. Scholars develop their own research project within the term of January to December each year.
Since its inception in 2000, the program has supported hundreds of top undergraduate researchers who have gone on to distinguished careers in research, medicine and industry. Originally established as a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for Tissue Engineering, the program was expanded to a full year research opportunity that has grown from funding 10 scholars per year to 19 scholars in 2012. To date, the program has funded scholars from Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Georgia Gwinnett College.
Petit Scholars receive training that provide a solid foundation for them to pursue advanced degrees in science or engineering. 62% entered a graduate degree program and 15% entered medical school indicating that close to 80% of Petit Scholars go on to obtain advanced degrees.
Dabin’s research mentor is a current Yoon lab research associate, Dr. Jay Han, and the title of the year-long research project is “Treatment of diabetic neuropathy in a streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat model with bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells”.