B.S./M.S. student Sarah Lightfoot Vidal (advisor: Michele Marcolongo) has been selected as a Fulbright student grantee to work in Concepción, Chile at the Centro de Investigación de Polímeros Avanzados (CIPA) in collaboration with the Functional Polymers department at the Universidad de Concepción. Her project focuses on the development of a polymer blend of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) for wound healing applications.
Sarah has been volunteering as an undergraduate researcher with Dr. Marcolongo’s Biomaterials Research Group for three years and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. With this award, Sarah joins the largest group of Drexel students to receive the award in a single year. She is also the second Drexel Materials Science and Engineering student to receive a Fulbright scholarship while enrolled as a student in the department, joining Aaron Sakulich (advisor: Dr. Michel Barsoum) who received the award in 2007.