Melanie Weilert

MS Bioengineering
Previous Institution: University of Missouri - Columbia
Hometown: Lee's Summit, Missouri
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

I loved the welcoming atmosphere! Everyone was always encouraging, helpful, and I felt right at home here! When I learned about the different research and academic opportunities that KU had for me, I knew it was the right choice!

What are you currently researching?

My research centers on coming up with early detection methods of Parkinson’s disease by using biomechanics and nonlinear time series analyses. Currently, I am testing the sensitivity of fractal analysis methods towards gait patterns, posture, and Parkinson’s disease.

What do you want to do after graduation?

I want to work in industry, with a specific focus on gait and posture biomechanics! My ideal job would be to work for a company where they let me do hands-on research while working with a team in a collaborative setting.

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

I love all of the bands that come through Lawrence! You wouldn’t think that there would be too many shows, considering how small Lawrence is…but there are a ton of concerts to go to! I would highly recommend checking out the Granada or the Bottleneck for a great experience in music.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

When you end up going to graduate school, don’t worry if you don’t know everything immediately! It is OK, I swear! It can sometimes be intimidating seeing older, more experienced students tackle problems that are immense and daunting. But ALWAYS remember learning is a process that takes time. Understanding a lab and the specific facets of the research will also take time. If you give yourself that time to acclimate yourself, you will do great!


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