UMCP College of Engineering Website Spotlights MPower Summer Student

Ariana Capati, one of the students in the MPower-funded UM Scholars program at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, attends the Student Research Forum in July 2023.

By: MPower Staff | October 10, 2023

Ariana Capati, a junior studying Bioengineering in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park is being recognized by her school, the  A. James Clark School of Engineering, this month.

Read Ariana Capati’s student story here.

Capati was one of two dozen undergraduate students who conducted research with University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty as a part of the MPower-funded UM Scholars program this past summer.

For 10 weeks, Capati was mentored by Gentry Wilkerson, MD, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She studied the opioid epidemic and the importance of harm reduction strategies like Take-Home Naloxone programs.

Each year, scholars like Capati engage in clinical, basic, and translational research under the mentorship of renowned physicians and scientists. They also interact with medical and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents throughout the summer, providing them with unparalleled, real-world experience and exposure.

“I feel better prepared for a future in biomedicine and healthcare as a result of UM Scholars,” she said. “It exposed me to the complexities of healthcare systems and the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration in addressing these healthcare crises.”

In addition to opioid use disorders, other UM Scholars’ fields of research include cancer, pediatrics, multiple sclerosis, knee MRIs, osteoarthritis, and more.

Learn more about the 2024 UM Scholars program.