Undergraduate honored with award at Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists

Patel, a woman of color, stands holding her award
Patel stands holding her ABRCMS 2023 Presentation Award in Engineering, Physics, and Math

Last month at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS) undergraduate in BME Aarti Patel was honored with an award for her research.

Patel, a fourth year BME major working in Associate Professor Natalia Higuita-Castro’s lab, won the “ABRCMS 2023 Presentation Award in Engineering, Physics, and Math” for her presentation titled “Engineering Extracellular Vesicles as a Therapeutic Strategy for Neurofibromatosis Type 1.”

When asked what she would say to other underrepresented researchers curious about ABRCMS, Patel said “Put yourself out there more than you are comfortable with--when you feel uncomfortable, know that you are in the right place. Discomfort is how you know you are in an area that will add to your growth. For this conference specifically I would say to take advantage of the insight that those more established in your field have. Personally, I received great advice from scientists that were underrepresented women in the field on how to stay motivated and continue to voice your opinions/ideas in a room full of people that look different than you in every way.”

For the future, Patel hopes to continue working in micro and nanotechnology as she pursues a PhD in biomedical engineering.

Congratulations, Aarti Patel for your excellent work representing Higuita-Castro Nano-Medicine Laboratory at ABRCMS this year!