Biomedical engineering graduate student Robinson honored as P.E.O. scholar

Robinson, JennyJenny Robinson, a graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar Award.

The award, which was established in 1991, provides educational support for women who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. As a recipient of the highly competitive merit-based award, Robinson will receive $15,000. 

Robinson, who is a graduate research assistant for Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, is working on the development of high-porosity bone grafts using emulsion templating. Prior to joining Cosgriff-Hernandez’s research group, Robinson completed her undergraduate career at Rice University, earning a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering, and completed a one-year Whitaker Fellowship in Singapore. In addition to her latest recognition, she has been honored as a National Science Foundation research fellow. 

"In addition to being a very talented scientist, Jenny loves to share her passion for research with others,” says Cosgriff-Hernandez. “She has an exceptionally bright future as a tissue engineer and the P.E.O. Scholar Award will help her along this career path." 

P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Originally a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. has grown to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada.

P.E.O. aims to makes a difference in women's lives through six philanthropies that include ownership of Cottey College, a women’s college with two-year and selected four-year programs, and five other philanthropies that provide higher educational assistance, including the P.E.O. Scholar Awards.