The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) at the University of Virginia works to promote the exchange of ideas among students and faculty. We coordinate various academic, professional, educational, social, sporting, and service events throughout the year while reaching out to students who are interested in the application of science and engineering principles to medicine and life sciences. Our chapter is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students within the BME department as well as students from other university departments who have an interest in BME. Our chapter has a strong record of service within the UVa and central Virginia communities and has been recognized by the National Biomedical Engineering Society several times.
The Biomedical Engineering Society provides social, academic, and professional events for its members. Some of our events are below or in the “Events” section.
The Biomedical Engineering Society is devoted to promoting the exchange of scientific ideas between undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Through research shadowing opportunities within our laboratories and those of our collaborators as well as clinical shadowing opportunities being coordinated with the UVa School of Medicine, we provide students with a means of exploring their interests within this burgeoning field.
Annual Graduate Student Symposium
One of the hallmarks of the graduate experience at the University of Virginia is the annual student research symposium held in April. Among the largest symposia of its kind in the country, this forum allows senior graduate students to present their research to an audience of their peers, faculty, and guests from the university and area business communities. This is one of the few times that we are able to highlight the student-led research being conducted in the more than two dozen labs in our department, and to see what has led us to become the #2 most highly cited BME department in the world. The symposium is jointly administered by the BMES student chapter and the faculty within the biomedical engineering department. All students in the third year of their doctoral thesis work or those expecting to receive Master of Science, Master of Engineering, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees within the next twelve months are invited to present their findings and research directions in the form of a brief oral presentation. Students have found great merit in the symposium as a way to prepare for national conference presentations and faculty candidacy presentations.
Our BMES chapter also assists in providing the department with seminar speakers and helps fund trips to research parks and industry sites for its members. We also try to provide funding for students to attend conferences when they don’t have sufficient funding from their labs through our annual travel awards.
“Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions."