UAPB student-athlete accepted into biomedical PhD program


Pine Bluff, Ark. (April 16, 2018)  – Lauren Corby, a graduating senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), was recently an accepted to the PhD program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for Biomedical Material Science in Jackson, Mississippi. She was offered five years of tuition covered, free medical insurance, and a living stipend.

The daughter of Jim and Connie Corby, from Dorsey, Illinois, Lauren is majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics while attending UAPB on a combined University and athletic scholarship. Corby also has a younger sister, Jordan, and an older brother, Judson, who have supported her in every step throughout this process. She is a four-year student-athlete that was part of the Women’s Tennis team for one year and Women’s Volleyball team for four years. For volleyball, Corby served as team captain for three years, received team MVP her sophomore year, and was nominated for female athlete of the year in 2015. During her senior year, the women’s volleyball team received the most wins in UAPB’s history. Throughout these four years, she has been on Honor Roll, and enrolled in the Carolyn F. Blakely Honors College. Corby is also a member of Chi Alpha Omega, Alpha Chi, and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societies. She is a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Dorsey, IL and under watch-care at St. Johns Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, AR.

While at UAPB, Corby has participated in various research studies in the physics field. First, she studied renewable energy research and education at UAPB and showed her research at the 2017 Research Forum. Also at UAPB, she studied Germanium-Tin (GeSn) Technology for Infrared Tunable Optoelectronic Devices. This research she presented at the Petite Jean Annual Meeting (2017) and the Little Rock NSF-EPSCoR Conference (2017). In the summer of 2017, she attended an REU program at the University of Arkansas where she worked in the Microelectronic Photonic Department. Here, she studied the high-temperature operation of materials and LEDs for 3D high-density power modules. Corby exhibited this work at the Petite Jean Annual Meeting (2018) and the Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC) (2018). She also received research funding from the NASA Space Grant Consortium for her final three years at the university.

Corby thanks the Physics and Chemistry Department faculty, and other people that have helped her along her journey at UAPB – especially Dr. Mansour Mortazavi, who served as a professor and mentor during her experience here.

“[Dr. Mortazavi] has given me many opportunities and furthered my knowledge into the research of physics and for that I am eternally grateful,” Corby said. “To all of those who have supported me throughout during these past four years, thank you. You all gave me the motivation I needed to keep progressing and self-improving. Especially to my mother and sister who have been there for every mental breakdown to pick me back up. To the non-graduating UAPB students, do not think about how difficult things may be right now, but think about overcoming those struggles and push towards your goals. Great things will come to you when you have the heart of a lion.”

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