An interdisciplinary team of students will apply their talents to developing accessible materials for both parents and students who are limited English proficient, or that belong to traditionally underrepresented groups be exposed to STEM careers at an early age. The ultimate goal is that this will lead to formal mentoring, and laboratory experience for students as they reach K12 and postsecondary education. The immediate goals of this team will be to:

  • Create partnerships with middle schools in the greater Ann Arbor area 
  • Conduct surveys on the student body population, and their previous exposure to STEM as a career path
  • Design infographics with information on BME as a career pathway
  • Design booklet with information on Biomaterials and their role in medical technology
  • Create videos to expose students to scientists with similar cultural backgrounds 

Faculty Project Lead

María Coronel received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami in 2010, where she started her work in Biomaterials for oxygen generation. She went on to graduate from the PhD program at the University of Florida (UF) in the department of Biomedical Engineering in 2016, advised by Dr. Cherie Stabler, a Professor in the BME department and affiliate faculty at UF Diabetes Institute. In 2022, Dr. Coronel completed a post-doc at Georgia Institute of Technology working with Andrés J. García on biomaterials for transplant tolerance. She started as faculty in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in 2022. Her current research is centered on engineering biomaterials for perturbing and investigating immunological responses. Her work has been funded by the Juvenile Research Foundation, and NIH.