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Case School of Engineering grad wins prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Andrea Snyder

Andrea Snyder, a recent Case Western Reserve University graduate, has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Wurzburg in Germany during the next academic year.

Snyder, 22, a resident of Pickerington, Ohio, will be one of more than 1,000 American students to travel abroad for the 2005-2006 academic year. She graduated summa cum laude from Case on May 15 with two undergraduate degrees—she received a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering and a B.A. degree in chemistry, minoring in German.

Snyder will work collaboratively with a research group at the University of Wurzburg to develop new clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods for fast biomedical imaging with state-of-the-art high magnetic fields. This research opportunity builds on Snyder's strong academic background in biomedical imaging and computing at Case. After completing her studies in Germany, she will return to the U.S. and work on research and continue her academic career in an M.D./Ph.D. program.

Snyder participated in several significant research projects during her academic career at Case. She recently completed a project where she created a computer program to simulate a neuron stimulated by deep brain stimulation, a possible treatment for Parkinson's disease. Snyder and her colleagues and faculty adviser published their findings in a scholarly journal last year. She also has conducted research with Case biomedical engineering professor Marty Pagel to create a polymer with an attached MRI contrast agent which will hopefully be used to track drug delivery to tumor cells.

"This award is an honor for me. I'm excited and happy to be going to Germany to study and conduct research," Snyder said. "My academic career at Case has given me many great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities—from research with professors who are leaders in their fields to playing at Severance Hall in Case's Symphonic Winds group. This well-rounded experience helped me to be competitive when applying for scholarships and graduate schools, and the nearby resources at University Hospitals gave me connections to schools abroad."

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Since its inception, the Fulbright Program has exchanged more than 250,000 people—nearly 101,000 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 166,000 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. The program operates in over 150 countries worldwide and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

In addition, four recent Case School of Engineering graduates were awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The winners are: Matthew Crane, electrical engineering, class of 2005; Seth Levine, chemical engineering; Eileen Romito, biomedical engineering; and Mark Winkler, engineering physics, all class of 2004.

The NSF aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce its diversity by offering nearly 1,000 graduate fellowships each year, including awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.

 

About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. http://www.case.edu.