On Traveling, Research Work, Grant Applications, and Duct Tape: 10 Questions for SURF grantee Amanda Ederle


Ederle in the Mechanobiology & Soft Materials Lab.

Amanda Ederle is a student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. She works under Dr. Kartik Balachandran in the Mechanobiology & Soft Materials Laboratory, and was recently awarded a SURF grant to continue her research work.

UArk BME: When you first arrived at the U. of A. as an Honors College Fellow, did you know what you wanted to study?

Ederle: I am actually a Public Health major, but I am doing biomedical engineering research for my Honors Thesis.  I think my situation exhibits one of the great aspects of the Honors College.  I can explore my diverse interests and incorporate all of them into my undergraduate education.  I was originally drawn to public health because I was interested in exploring the broad perspective of medicine and health.  I think that it is important for me to study public health because of the new focus on prevention techniques in the clinical medicine world; as a future physician, my public health background will provide me with the tools to examine health from a holistic perspective, originating as much from social aspects as genetic ones.  However, though I love my public health courses, I found that I missed certain aspects of the sciences.  I began to look at the research in the hard sciences on the U. of A.’s website, and Dr. Balachandran’s research really stood out to me.  I reached out to Dr. B to express my interest, and the rest is history!