The Whitaker Foundation currently is in the process of selecting as many as 30 students out of the 122 who applied for the $27,000 in stipends, plus education and travel expenses for use during graduate studies at institutions offering engineering degrees (preferably those with concentrations in biomedical engineering). The grantees will be an- nounced by March 31, and when the program is in full swing four years from now, a total of up to 150 students will hold grants.

Peter Katona, the foundation's vice president of biomedical engineering programs, says that each applicant must be "exceptionally well qualified." Because the required qualifications are so high, he says, foundation officials may decide not to give this many grants if fewer than 30 applicants are deemed sufficiently meritorious. In general, though, Katona says it should not be too difficult to find students who meet the foundation's rigorous criteria because biomedical engineering students...

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!