New Travel Fellowship named in honor of Dr. Cato T. Laurencin


The Society for Biomaterials is proud to announce the new Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travel Fellowship.

The fellowship will:

  • Support under-represented minorities, in the field of biomaterials, by providing an undergraduate student the resources needed to attend the annual meeting of the Society For Biomaterials and to become a member of the Society; and
  • To stimulate/encourage recipients to pursue a career in biomaterials.

The Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travel Fellowship includes registration, airfare, hotels, transfers, and meals. Each awardee will also be given a complimentary membership in the Society For Biomaterials and assigned a graduate student mentor to guide them through the annual meeting, and to help them pursue their advanced degree and career goals.

Dr. Cato Laurencin, for whom the fellowship has been named, is well known for his commitment to mentoring. He is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award, the Beckman Award for Mentoring, the Alvin F. Crawford Award for Mentoring, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Engineering and Math Mentoring from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at The White House.

Dr. Laurencin is the Founding Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, the Founding Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences; and the Director of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He is also the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; and  Professor of Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Laurencin is the 8th designated University Professor in UConn’s history.  An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering, he is the recipient of the N.I.H. Director’s Pioneer Award. In the Society For Biomaterials, Dr. Laurencin has served as a meeting Opening Keynote Speaker, Chair of the Special Interest Group Committee, and has received both the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature, and the Technology Innovation and Development Award from the Society. He is an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering.



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