Provost Diversity Fellow: Howard Nicholson III

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Howard Nicholson III, PhD candidate

Department and School
Biomedical Engineering, Engineering & Applied Science

Howard Nicholson III is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate where his work focuses on exploring the effects of physical and chemical stimuli on cells and tissues in order to incorporate these forces in strategies for developing functional tissue substitutes of clinical relevance. He is also interested in investigating how bias and racism may lead to inequity in healthcare and biomedical innovation. Serving as a mentor and educator, Howard hopes to improve Black engineering retention by instilling early-stage engineering students with confidence and teaching coursework with care toward student mental health and personal wellbeing. At Columbia, Howard is currently a NSF Graduate Fellow and Wade Scholar. Prior to his doctoral studies, Howard earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Clark Hung, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Orthopedic Sciences (in Orthopedic Surgery)

Favorite hangout on or off campus
Black Lab Cafe

Favorite self-care ritual

Recommended book
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Favorite study spot
Dear Mama

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