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ARMI | BioFabUSA Intern Spotlight: Joelle Bosia

Hi everyone! My name is Joelle Bosia, and I am the Education and Workforce Development Intern at ARMI. I am a rising senior at Tufts University majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of the classroom, I can usually be found hiking, religiously doing the daily New York Times crossword, or watching movies with my friends and family. My background is all over the place. I have always had the mindset of trying out any opportunity that comes my way! Some of the more notable areas include cellular agriculture, bioprinting, upscale and automation of biomaterial processing, and teaching a semester long class.

Tufts has a program called the Experiment College where undergraduates can apply to teach a course that their peers can take for credit towards graduation. In the spring, I co-taught a class highlighting the advancements in the world of Biomechatronics which is the intersection of biology, mechanics, and electronics. My co-instructor and I both have a fascination with that field, but we found that the subject matter was not thoroughly covered in any of our courses. Naturally, we decided to give teaching a go. I found the translation of scientific information highly rewarding because we had to know the ins and outs of everything we were teaching. That experience led me to my position at ARMI because I wanted to delve further into teaching during the summer.

At ARMI, I am continuing my love for spreading knowledge about the scientific community by creating tissue engineering based activities to be implemented in kindergarten through twelfth grade. This internship has been beneficial in strengthening various skills that I can use for the rest of my life. First of all, it has helped me broaden my teaching skillset from teaching to my peers to striating knowledge among different age groups. Being able to explain tissue engineering concepts in a way that kindergarteners can understand is incredibly challenging, and one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced.  Seeing the light bulb go off in a student’s head when he/she grasps a concept is an incredible thing to witness. On the engineering side of things, it has helped me further develop my prototype development skills, and has given me hands on experience with materials that I have previously learned about in my courses. All in all, interning at ARMI has been a great opportunity for me this summer, and I truly appreciate my time here.