• Spring 2017
    List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Outstanding
    The List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent is compiled from student ratings on Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms at the end of each semester. To be included in the list as outstanding, a TA must be rated in the top 10%. I was on the list for TAing BIOE 202: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab.
  • 2017
    ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Best Poster Award
    Given by the Biomedical Engineering Division (BED) at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), this award recognizes the best poster in the BED poster session at the ASEE Annual Conference. I received this award for my poster “Blinded” Grading Rubrics for Bioengineering Lab Reports (Work in Progress).  Check out the paper in the publications page!
  • 2017
    Department of Bioengineering Student Leadership Award
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    Given by the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, this award is given to a bioengineering graduate student whom showed outstanding service to the department and stood out as a leader. I received this award for founding GradBMES which aids the department in providing professional development and social events to its students.
  • 2016-2017
    Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship Program, Second Year Fellow
  • 2017
    ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division Travel Award
    Given by the the Biomedical Engineering Division, this travel award supports my travel to the national American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference to discuss and present my research.
  • 2017
    Graduate Student Leadership Award, Special Distinction
    Yanfen receives the Graduate Student Leadership AwardGiven by the Graduate College at the University of Illinois, this award “celebrates graduate students who have engaged in outstanding service that has positively impacted the the campus or wider Urbana-Champaign community.” I received special distinction for co-founding iFEAT which aims to increase the representation of women in engineering faculty positions.
  • 2017
    Volunteer Service Recognition Award, Finalist
    The iFEAT program is honored to be a finalist for this award given by the Office of Volunteer Programs which “honor individuals and student groups for their volunteer efforts and service projects on and off-campus throughout their time at the University of Illinois”.
  • Fall 2016
    List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Outstanding
    The List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent is compiled from student ratings on Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms at the end of each semester. To be included in the list as outstanding, a TA must be rated in the top 10%. I was on the list for TAing BIOE 202: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab.
  • 2016
    Office of the Provost Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Department Nominee
  • Spring 2016
    List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Outstanding
    The List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent is compiled from student ratings on Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms at the end of each semester. To be included in the list as outstanding, a TA must be rated in the top 10%. I was on the list for TAing BIOE 202: Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab.
  • 2016
    Department of Bioengineering Teaching Fellowship
  • 2015-2016
    Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship Program
  • 2013-2018
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
    This fellowship program from the National Science Foundation provides three years of funding for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.