Andre Woloshuk

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
College: College of Engineering
Pursuing Degree: Biomedical Engineering

Andre Woloshuk of West Lafayette, Indiana will spend one year teaching English to graduate students at a STEM university in Poland. The aspiring physician believes connecting with people from different backgrounds and exchanging ideas about American culture, language and health will be critical to a career in medicine. Woloshuk has deferred medical school for a year and hopes to also shadow physicians in Polish clinics during his Fulbright tenure.

“I want to use my enhanced knowledge of the language to learn about the rich history of innovation in Poland and ultimately connect with my ethnic roots,” Woloshuk explained.  “I have studied health-care advances in the U.S. and globally, and am especially interested in how the doctor-patient relationship has changed since its democratic transition, as well as how it compares to the U.S.”

The senior will graduate in May 2017 with a biomedical engineering degree from the College of Engineering. George R. Wodicka, Dane A. Miller Head and Professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, says Woloshuk is one of the school’s top students, not just for his academic performance, but for his exceptional service and character.

“Andre generously applies his gifts in the service of others,” Wodicka said. “While at Purdue, he co-developed a prosthetic ankle for amputees in developing countries, mentored a dozen Purdue students during their transition from high school to college and conducted undergraduate research in the area of drug delivery. Beyond these achievements, Andre is known for his helpful nature, calm leadership, lively intellect and strong professional work ethic. We are very proud of him and the work he has done at Purdue and know that he is on the cusp of a promising career.”

See an account of Andre's travels in Poland here.

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