Undergraduate Student Awards
Fred S. Grodins Award for Academic Excellence
Conferred annually since 1994, this is the highest award given by the BME Department to an undergraduate. It is named in recognition of Fred S. Grodins, M.D., Ph.D., the founding director of the BME Ph.D. Program at USC (1967) and the founding chair of the BME Department at USC (1976). Prof. Grodins was one of the pioneers in establishing the discipline of biomedical engineering in the US, through his seminal work in systems physiology. Trained as a medical doctor, he established himself as a pioneering researcher in physiological systems, in particular the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The Grodins Undergraduate Award is given to a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement in the BME program, with a record of participation in biomedical engineering research and service to the department, school and/or university.
Winner: Kimberly Larson
Alfred Mann Institute Award for Academic Excellence by a Junior in Biomedical Engineering
Awarded to a junior BME student in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.
Winner: Arjun Aron
Alfred Mann Institute Award for Outstanding Research in Biomedical Engineering
Awarded to a BME senior who has demonstrated excellence in biomedical research in their work with a BME faculty member.
Winner: Chelsea Mariano
Alfred Mann Institute Award for Design Innovation in Biomedical Engineering
Awarded to a BME student team for innovative health care applications, through their senior design project or other competitions.
Winner: SwellSafe Device Design Team – Chris Martinez, Olivia Pereira, Michael Peterson, and Alana Stein
Alfred Mann Institute Award for Leadership in Biomedical Engineering
Awarded to a BME senior who has exhibited exemplary leadership in support of the biomedical engineering student community.
Winner: Dominie Miyasato and Andrew Yock