Student Profile

Sydney Shafer

Bioengineering PhD/MD

As a combined degree student pursuing both a Bioengineering PhD and MD, Penn uniquely offered both a top tier engineering and medical school on the same campus. I was drawn to Penn by both of these programs independently, but have found that there are close connections between the engineering and medicine programs leading to incredible research opportunities at the interface of these disciplines.

More than 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned an academic institution where classical learning would be united with a sound practical education in the arts and sciences. In Ben's own words, students ought to receive everything that is practical and everything that is ornamental. Today Penn, the oldest university in the nation, is fulfilling that vision by preparing students for a technological world, a world where leadership goes to those who have learned how to combine the practical and the ornamental.

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