The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a graduate research fellowship to a biomedical doctoral student with the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Cara Buchanan of New Bern, N.C, is in her first year of her Ph.D. studying in the bioheat transfer and nanotherapeutics lab and the musculoskeletal and tissue regeneration lab at the Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. She is developing an in vitro tumor model to study cancer development and environmental effects on tumorigenesis, in addition to possible target drug deliveries.

A 2008 graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, Buchanan expects to finish her doctorate degree at the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in 2012.

Each NSF fellowship provides three years of funding, including a tuition supplement and a stipend of $30,000 per year. Graduate research fellows are selected on academic merit, proven ability to conduct research and future academic and research goals.