UMD Doctoral Graduate Honored in Dissertation Competition
Adam Behrens, a 2015 PhD graduate from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, has been given honorable mention in the 2016 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering for his dissertation, titled “Polymeric Materials for Hemostatic and Surgical Sealant Applications.” Behrens’s dissertation was selected among the top 3 from more than 45 dissertations from institutions throughout the United States and Canada. The dissertations are judged by a panel of judges from the graduate dean community with expertise in the fields being judged.
Behrens, who was advised by Peter Kofinas, professor and associate dean, conducts research on how polymers can be used by surgeons and first responders to stop bleeding, repair hernias, and make other surgical repairs. He is now a postdoctoral associate with the Langer Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His dissertation also won the Graduate School’s Distinguished Dissertation Prize and the Dean’s Doctoral Research Award from the Clark School of Engineering.
The CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award honors scholars whose dissertation represents original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to its field. Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (biological sciences; social sciences; mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and humanities and fine arts). Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution.