Piyush Awasthi

Biomedical engineering, University of British Columbia to UW
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Hello! My name is Piyush Awasthi (he/him) and I am a 3rd year biomedical engineering major at the University of British Columbia. I am passionate about cellular engineering, and am particularly intrigued by stem cell differentiation and synthetic biology. At the University of Washington, I plan on taking courses relating to biotechnology and the life sciences, and building connections with faculty through research projects.

I spent 6 years in White Rock, British Columbia – which is a small border town right across Blaine, Washington. While I never crossed over during this time, I was always fascinated at how there was no robust physical barrier separating the two countries. It was not uncommon for White Rock residents to jog too far down the beach, and end up in the States. This level of trust between the two countries is inspiring, and piqued my interest in visiting Seattle. During my time at UW, I want to explore the sense of community in the states, and how it is different from what we have in Canada. Seattle and Vancouver also share a lot of urban problems, but differ greatly in their solutions – I would like to see the difference in impact of these policies between the two cities as well.

The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program Fund provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Washington to spend two semesters at the University of British Columbia or University of Victoria; and for students from the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria to spend three quarters at the University of Washington.