Shalin Parikh, graduate student in the UTSA/UTHSCSA Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, was recently selected to receive a 2016 Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Disease from the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association.
“I feel excited that I was selected for this scholarship,” Shalin said. “It is more about the recognition than the amount because this scholarship is from a very big organization, the America Heart Association. I will be using these funds for expenses I incur during the project period.
According to their webpage, the Scientific Councils of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association want to stimulate interest, knowledge and investigative work in students in medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition and other allied health disciplines. AHA Student Scholarships support students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences early during pre-doctoral training, usually during the summer. AHA scholarships provide valuable stipends for students during the research project. The stipends may be used for student expenses, lab fees, or other costs incurred by the student during the project.
“Shalin is one of our outstanding students in the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering,” said Ender Finol, professor in the College of Engineering. “His research involves the non-invasive assessment of abdominal aortic aneurysms under surveillance by finite element and geometric modeling. He is also training undergraduate research assistants who also do research related to this topic. This American Heart association scholarship is a well deserved reward for his hard work in the lab and motivation to do research in cardiovascular disease. I look forward to Shalin’s continued success in the program and his future contributions at the forefront of vascular mechanics research.”