Karlin Bark Receives Fellowship for Women in Science

Karlin Bark, postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Katherine Kuchenbecker, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is the recipient of a 2011 L'Oréal USA Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women in Science. A very competitive program with only 5 awards given annually, the fellowship comes with a $60,000 research grant. 

Karlin's research focuses on developing haptic, or touch feedback devices for clinical applications. As a member of the Haptics Group, she is developing a motion guidance system for stroke rehabilitation with the goal of helping patients to re-learn motor skills. She is also investigating the use of vibrotactile and audio feedback of tool contacts during robotic minimally invasive surgery to assist surgeons. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master's and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research.

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