Guleid Awale, a graduate student of the Connecticut Convergence Institute, recently received a NIH Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Programs in collaboration with CT Convergence Institute members Dr. Cato Laurencin, Dr. Thanh Nguyen, and Dr. Kevin Lo. This award provides additional support to students from underrepresented backgrounds in conducting research within the fields of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. The supplement grant will provide the funding for student stipends, laboratory materials, and travel to professional development workshops and conferences. The research efforts will complement the work conducted under Dr. Thanh Nguyen’s parent grant focusing on the development of bionic self-stimulated cartilage. View the in-depth research here.