Undergraduate Student Spotlight
"Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Megan White

Major: Biological Systems Engineering
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
Emphasis: Biomedical Engineering

What do you enjoy most about UNL?:

UNL offers the perfect balance between academics, research, and extracurricular activities. I find it rare to meet someone who is not involved with something outside the classroom, whether that be growing as either a professional, leader, or even just to explore a hobby.

Are you involved in any activities outside of class? If so, which ones?:

Outside of the classroom I conduct research in the Biomedical Imaging and Biosignal Analysis (BIBA) lab, am heavily involved with my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, as well as Dance Marathon and serving as the current President of Society of Women Engineers at UNL.

Of all the courses you've taken, what is your favorite class and what make it so enjoyable?:

Introduction to Biomaterials (BSEN 416)  - This class was where I had my ah-ha moment that this is the subject area I would like to spend my career pursuing, as I found all of the material extremely interesting and found myself not wanting to leave class. Dr. Pannier also has a very lively and engaging personality that made the class atmosphere very enjoyable!

What has been your greatest achievement so far?:

Although I could pick from various awards or leadership positions I have received throughout college, I would like to say my greatest achievement is graduating from BSE in four years. That was one goal I came into college with and have taken on heavy semesters, as well as summer courses, in order to achieve. I could not have done it successfully without the help of the wonderful Evan Curtis!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?:

I am currently taking graduate school visits to see which school would be the best fit for me to pursue biomaterials related research. However, I am also open to looking for jobs if the right research position is not available to me. 

Do you have any advice that you would like to share with prospective students?:

No matter where you go to school or what your major is, take the time to form relationships with those around you, especially in your classes. There is no better support system than those who are going through the same thing as you!