While at Bucknell this past summer, I had the rewarding opportunity of conducting research with Professor Bieryla as a part of the biomedical engineering department. My project was geared towards updating an existing model of the lower gastrointestinal track used for quantifying the methods during colonoscopies by adding specific force sensors. By electronically tracking the sensors, I would hopefully be able to collect data on the location of an endoscope at any given point during the test.
Entering the project, I wasn't sure what to expect; both from the way in which research would be organized and what it would be like on campus without all the students and professors. As it turned out, I had great experiences with both. At the start of my research, I was getting acclimated to the project, As the summer continued, I became more aware of which aspects of the project needed more work, and therefore more of my attention. One aspect that I loved, even though it may seem menial, was doing the organizational portion of research. I needed to make sure that all my work was able to be duplicated if the research were to be continued later on down the road.
My specific project, through the Program for Undergraduate Research (PUR), gave me two vital lessons. First, it reaffirmed my love for biomedical engineering and the department here at Bucknell. This love extends to the commitment that the faculty has to our learning, to the resources that they have to offer us, and to the other students in the program who can be just as helpful when it comes to our learning. Secondly, it taught me that research is invaluable in regard to understanding an idea from its origin. I loved the subject matter that I was dealing with because of its medical application. As an aspiring medical student, the opportunity to work on a project directly correlated to medicine has given me a much better appreciation for the real-world applications of these devices.
Advisor: Professor Katie Bieryla
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