The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Musculoskeletal Research Center, as always, was a wonderful success this year. Though I was at Stanford on sabbatical for the first half of the summer, upon my return, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and enthusiasm of this year’s crop of undergraduate students. In brief conversations with them, they demonstrated their knowledge that they gained from this experience. To this we owe thanks to their mentors, but especially Dr. Lars Gilbertson for again organizing and discovering such a bright group of students. He has done well in maintaining our goals of not only educating our summer students, but also encouraging them to continue their work through their undergraduate and hopefully graduate school careers.

This year, we had eight students from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Princeton University. They were a very diverse group from all over the United States. Three of these students had worked in our laboratory during the academic year with our faculty and graduate students, but all eight were each given a specific project to call their own for the summer. After the 12 week period was over, each student was required to present and write an abstract about his or her work. We believe that this is good preparation for situations these student may find themselves in the future.

As always, we could not have had these students at the MSRC, if not for the gracious support of many. The financial aid of Drs. Lars Gilbertson, Rich Debski, Ken Fischer, James Wang, Pat McMahon, the University of Pittsburgh’s Bioengineering Summer Research Experiences Program, the Bioengineering Mentorship Program, ORLAC, ASIAM, the A.B. Ferguson Endowed Chair, and Carnegie Mellon University is gratefully acknowledged. We also need to thank the faculty, staff, graduate students, fellows and residents of the MSRC who helped make this experience work.

We hope you find this year’s Annual Report to be the best yet. Thank you for showing interest in not only our research center, but also in the future leaders of bioengineering that we are cultivating with this program.

Savio L-Y. Woo, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Ferguson Professor and Director
Musculoskeletal Research Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center