Grad student Browning wins Acta Student Award

Mary Beth BrowningCOLLEGE STATION, Texas, July 31, 2013 – Mary Beth Browning, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named recipient of the Acta Student Award for her contribution to the manuscript, "Multilayer Vascular Grafts Based on Collagen-mimetic Proteins."

As part of the award, which is presented by the Acta journal “Acta Biomaterialia,” Browning will receive a $2,000 cash prize. She is scheduled to receive the award this October at the annual Materials Science and Technology in Montreal.

“Not only did your paper demonstrate exceptional value to the biomaterials community, but your personal credentials and recommendations were also exemplary,” wrote William R. Wagner, editor-in-chief of “Acta Biomaterialia,” in a congratulatory letter to Browning.

Browning, who recently completed her dissertation under Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and PEO Endowed Scholar. As part of her research, she is creating a synthetic, small-diameter vascular graft for bypass and peripheral arterial replacement surgeries.

Browning is the first author of four published papers and has contributed to several more. In addition, she has co-written a book chapter in the “Handbook of Biomedical Technology.” Browning is active in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics outreach and has served as vice president of the Society for Biomaterials student chapter.