“It became very apparent to me when I started graduate school that mentorship was going to be really important during my time here. That came at the research level under my PI, Dr. VandeVord, but also just in the general atmosphere that was created at Virginia Tech and within my department.”
Mentorship. Community. Opportunity. These are the words December 2018 Hokie grad and new biomedical engineering Ph.D. alumna Nora Hlavac uses to describe her time at Virginia Tech.
She's excited about pursuing a career in academia that will allow her to combine her two passions of teaching and research. Her next stop is the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, where she's continuing her research on central nervous system injury and repair in Christine Schmidt's lab.