Kate Elfer
Kate Elfer PhD Student, Tulane University
Louisiana Tech University, 2012, B.S. Nanosystems Engineering

“Five years after graduation, I am finishing my Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. While a senior at Louisiana Tech University, I was awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship. The GCSP helped me to frame my experiences at La Tech into the five components of GSCP curriculum, which I believe was a significant factor in the success of my NSF GRFP application. At Tulane, I have pursued my passion for translational health research which started as an interest in the challenge of "Engineering Better Medicines." My research lab works with surgeons, pathologists, business specialists, and research centers to develop and market fluorescent microscopes for easy adaption in hospitals. The integration of the five components of the La Tech GCSP prepared me to work a multitude of entities and better understand all the different elements that go into a successful medical product.

Outside of research, I am highly involved in various STEM education non-profits in New Orleans. I am a member of the board of the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair, a planning committee member of the LA-MS FIRST Robotics Outreach Committee, and assist the School of Science and Engineer's K-12 Outreach Director wherever needed. I also helped to co-found a Women in Science and Engineering graduate/post-doc/early career faculty mentorship group at Tulane which has been very successful in its first year of operation.

After graduation, I intend to seek academic positions that will allow me to continue to combine my interest in translational medicine with mentorship of future scientists and engineers.”