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Lauren Griggs

Director, Multicultural Engineering Program

Affiliation(s):

  • Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

112A Hammond Building

lag5817@psu.edu

814-865-6613

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Engineering Science, Nanomedicine Concentration, University of Virginia, 2012
  • Ph D, Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Lauren Griggs, N. T. Hassan, R. S. Malik, B. P. Griffin, B. A. Martinez, L. W. Elmore and C. A. Lemmon, 2017, "Fibronectin fibrils regulate TGF-ß1-induced Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition", Matrix Biology, 60-61, pp. 157-175

Conference Proceedings

  • Lauren Griggs, J. K. Stringer, F. Rankins and R. Hobson Hargraves, 2016, "Investigating the impact of a hybrid summer transition program", 2016-November

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, National Institute of Health: F31 GM121035, 2016 - 2018
  • T32 Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA), Vanderbilt University, 2018
  • College of Engineering, Graduate Student Commencement Speaker, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
  • Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME): Student Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
  • 8th International EMT Meeting Travel Award, TEMTIA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017
  • BMES-NSBE Annual Meeting Student Travel Award, BMES-NSBE, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017
  • Doctoral Scholars Dissertation Fellowship, Southern Regional Education Board, 2016
  • Alex Clarke Award for Excellence in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi Susan E. Kennedy Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016
  • Women in Engineering Best Poster, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering Research Poster Symposium, 2014
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014
  • Innovation and Career Development Travel Award, Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013
  • Best Student Presentation Award, Virginia Academy of Science Meeting, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Contributions to Programs to Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Director, Director, Multicultural Engineering Program, Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion, July 2019

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Trans-Institutional Programs: Small Group Learning Community Selection, Vanderbilt University, January 2019 - May 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Developer, Course Design Institute, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, January 2019 - May 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Developer, Certificate in College Teaching Seminar, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, January 2019 - May 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Mentor, Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, Vanderbilt University, August 2018 - December 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Judge, Undergraduate Research Fair, Vanderbilt University, August 2018 - December 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Advisor, STEM-U-LINK Career Exploration Fair Exhibitor, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), January 2018 - May 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Postdoctoral Scholar, Biomedical Engineering, Research Topic: Extracellular Matrix crosslinking in tumorigenesis, Vanderbilt University, May 2018 - July 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Sistah Network, Vanderbilt University, August 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Advisor, STEM-U-LINK Career Exploration Fair Exhibitor, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), January 2017 - May 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Judge, Guest Speaker/Judge for the World Smarts STEM Challenge pairs high school teachers and students from different countries on gender-balanced, collaborative teams., IREX World Smarts STEM, January 2017 - May 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Director, Director, Community Engagement, Biomedical Graduate Student Council, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2017 - May 2018
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Event Coordination Fellow, Diversity Abroad Network, July 2017 - May 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Secretary, Biomedical and General Engineering Secretary, Virginia Academy of Science, August 2015 - May 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Teaching Assistant, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Introduction to Biomechanics, Virginia Commonwealth University, January 2015 - May 2015
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Teaching Assistant, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Course: Biomechanics, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2014 - December 2014
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2014 - May 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Mentor, Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, Virginia Commonwealth University, May 2014 - August 2014
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Graduate Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering, Research Topic: Fibronectin Mechanics in Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2012 - July 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Facilitator, Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy, Course: Multicultural Education, University of Virginia, January 2012 - May 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Vice President, The National Society of Black Engineers, University of Virginia, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Programming Chair, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., University of Virginia, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Advisory Committee Chair, National Engineering Academic Society, University of Virginia, August 2011 - May 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Electrical Engineering, Research Topic: Proliferation Rate of Fibroblasts on Aligned Nanofiber Scaffolds, University of Virginia, June 2010 - May 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Summer Bridge Counselor, Center for Diversity in Engineering Summer Bridge Programming, University of Virginia, June 2009 - July 2009
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Programs Chair, The National Society of Black Engineers, University of Virginia, August 2009 - May 2010
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Secretary, The National Society of Black Engineers, University of Virginia, August 2009 - May 2010
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Diversity Scholars in Research Week, Virginia Commonwealth University, May 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Developer, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Study Skills, Virginia Commonwealth University, July 2015
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Developer, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Study Skills, Virginia Commonwealth University, July 2016
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Developer, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Study Skills, Virginia Commonwealth University, July 2017
 


 

About

Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287