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Biomed Student Awarded Gilman Scholarship for Foreign Study

Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson, a biomedical engineering major from Memphis, is one of three U of M students to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for foreign study for spring 2014.

Gibson will study electrical engineering at Hochschule Ulm in Ulm, Germany. She is the daughter of Roger Gibson and Susan Gibson. Her career goal is to do research and development in the industry as a biomedical engineer. Gibson plans to specialize in bioelectricity by combining electrical engineering with biomedical engineering.

Gibson shared, “I originally went into biomedical engineering interested in the diversity of sciences that I would be studying. I really wanted to be an engineer as I enjoy creativity and innovation in technology, and biomed dealt with a variety of sciences like physics, chemistry, and biology. My dad is also a physician. He's always been a role model to me, so I wanted to learn more about the medical field.”

Kiel Johnson, Gibson’s fiancé, is going to Germany as well. They will both be studying biomedical engineering and will both be taking electrical engineering courses for their engineering electives. Gibson continues, “I have been curious about bioelectricity the past year. I want to use this opportunity to understand electrical engineering and apply it to biomedical sciences.” In addition to exploring engineering, Gibson is looking forward to learning more about her German heritage.

The Gilman Scholarship supports students who may be unlikely to study abroad, including those with financial need, those in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Lisa says that she loves to travel. Enjoy a few photos from her recent trips.

Cancun, MexicoLisa Gibson and fiancé, Kiel Johnson, in Cancun, Mexico.

the Grand Canyon
Gibson and Johnson at the Grand Canyon

Seattle, WA
Gibson in Seattle, WA

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John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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