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“SMU was the school for me because I wanted a personalized experience in college, where my professors would know me and care about where I want to go in life.” Roxana earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and health and society. As a pre-health student, she worked in SMU’s Vogel-Wise Lab as a researcher finding ways to help cancer patients who don’t respond to chemotherapy. Her work in the lab allowed her to participate in important research, develop her own project and create meaningful connections with professors. Currently, Roxana is a research assistant at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and a M.D./M.P.H. candidate at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
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Creating Bionic Solutions
She wanted to help people with mobility issues walk more naturally by creating a better human-machine relationship.
Under the guidance of Professor Dario Villarreal, Ophelie Herve ’18, ’20 and other students worked with a robotic exoskeleton to adapt technology to the natural rhythm of walking. Her research began as an undergraduate designing portable sensors to measure how people walk in the real world. As a graduate student, Ophelie studied how amputees and stroke victims might use their functioning muscles to help control their prosthetic legs. “It’s unusual to start research in a lab setting as an undergraduate and continue the same work through a master’s program. That’s a real opportunity.” Ophelie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Now she’s working on a Ph.D. at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Working for Justice
Through SMU’s Engaged Learning Program, Greg Guggenmos ’18, ’19 launched his nonprofit Community Bail Fund of North Texas to help free poor defendants charged with nonviolent, misdemeanor crimes as they await trial.
While a graduate student, Greg developed a plan for pretrial reform in the Oak Cliff and West Dallas areas of Big D to address injustice and biases. He earned a bachelor’s degree in statistical science and a master’s degree in applied statistics and data analytics. He continues to provide statistical consultation services and technology support at the SMU Dedman School of Law Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center.
Serve in Dallas
Walk to Raise Funds
Join a team in Relay for Life, a community walk that has raised billions worldwide to fight cancer. relayforlife.org
Help clean the shoreline of Dallas’ iconic White Rock Lake, near SMU. whiterocklake.org
Say No to Hunger
Sort and pack food for the thousands of North Texans served by the North Texas Food Bank. ntfb.org
Help Animals in Need
Volunteer at animal shelters, such as the no-kill Paws in the City. pawsinthecity.org