Three biomedical engineering graduate students receive Koerner Family Foundation awards

Koerner Family Foundation awards

Three Virginia Commonwealth University biomedical engineering graduate students have been selected to receive stipends from the Koerner Family Foundation.

Franck Kamga Gninzeko, Neil Mittal, M.D., and Brooke Danielsson, all doctoral students at VCU College of Engineering, will each receive a $10,000 support award.

Franck Kamaga Gninzeko and Brooke Danielsson
From left: Franck Kamaga Gninzeko; Brooke Danielsson. Credit: Photos courtesy Franck Kamaga Gninzeko and Brooke Danielsson

The foundation seeks to help students earn doctoral degrees in engineering fields and retain them in the U.S. to ensure that the nation remains globally competitive. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the organization is providing supplemental stipends to students so they can continue their studies and research.

Kamga Gninzeko’s academic adviser is Rebecca L. Heise, Ph.D. Kamga Gninzeko expressed appreciation for support from VCU faculty, “especially my mentor, Dr. Heise. I feel blessed,” he said. “It helps to see the hard work I put in day in and day out is being recognized.”

Mittal said he was grateful for the guidance and support of the VCU faculty and his mentor, Carrie L. Peterson, Ph.D.

Danielsson, whose faculty mentor is Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D., said, “I would like to thank Dr. Conway and the KFF organization for the award.”

Other candidates were biomedical engineering graduate student Kayla Scott; and Cameron Armstrong and Katelyn Shell, both from the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering.