Elliott Goff, a UMKC SCE mechanical engineering graduate student has been awarded the prestigious Whitaker Fellowship from the Whitaker International Program to spend a year conducting research in Zurich at the Institute for Biomechanics at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH).
Elliott Goff, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at SCE, has been awarded a 2012 DAAD/RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship for study in Berlin this summer. He was given his first choice of placement, and will be doing age-related bone formation research. As the RISE website explains, “the RISE is a very prestigious and competitive program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors.“ Elliott’s long-term goal is a career in bio-medical engineering. He has already done significant undergraduate research with his mentor, Professor Amber Stern. Several UMKC students have received DAAD awards in recent years, but this is thought to be our first UMKC RISE grant. There are many opportunitites for students in the STEM fields, and we hope our SCE students will pursue them.