Welcome to an overview of grad student life in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia

Meet Our Students

We asked 14 biomedical engineering graduate students four questions. Here's what they had to say.

There's always something happening

  • Charlottesville is home to festivals including the Virginia Film Festival, Cville Pride, Tom Tom Founders Festival, & the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival.
  • There are more than 30 wineries within a 30-mile radius of Charlottesville.
  • Local music venues bring in some big-name artists like Ariana Grande, P!nk, The Chainsmokers, Odesza, Lupe Fiasco, J. Cole, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Justin Timberlake, Portugal the Man, and many more. 

We're a short drive from …

  • Hiking in Shenandoah National Park (45 min)
  • Exploring Richmond (45 min)
  • Wintergreen Ski Resort (40 min)
  • Museum Hopping in Washington DC (2 hours)
  • Relaxing at Virginia Beach (3 hours) 
  • There is so much incredible hiking around Charlottesville

    There is so much incredible hiking, biking and running in and around Charlottesville.

  • BMEs' representing at Josephine's Village 5K.

    BMEs' representing at Josephine's Village 5K.

  •  together outside of lab

    Lab mates often hang out together outside of lab! Here is the Price Lab's skiing and snowboarding trip

  • Picture of An after-hike lunch at Blue Mountain Brewery

    Post hike lunch at Blue Mountain Brewery.

  • We love watching the sunset over Cville from Carter's Mountain in the summer

    We love watching the sunset over Cville from Carter's Mountain in the summer.

  • Happy Hour on the Lawn

    Happy Hour on the Lawn.

  • GBMES trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    GBMES trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

  • Inspiring future biomedial engineers at Kidvention

    Inspiring future biomedical engineers at KidVention.

  • Supporting fellow students at their acapella concert

    Supporting fellow students at their acapella concert.

  • GBMES Bake Sale fundraiser for a local charity

    GBMES Bake Sale fundraiser for a local charity.

  • A visit from Cavman

    A visit from Cavman at UVa Basketball in the JPJ Arena.

  • three women BMEs At a great concert

    There are great concerts right here in Charlottesville often held On Grounds.

  • the whole department at the annual tug of war

    The whole department at the Annual Tug of War.

  • Price Lab custom designed jersies for Tug of War back

    The Price Lab designed custom jersies for Tug of War.

  • gringerbread house competition

    The M3 lab won the 2019 gringerbread house competition for "Operation Game."

  • First Years at Cookie Hour

    First years at Cookie Hour -- cookies and coffee, every Wednesday at 3p.

  • Discovering there are still cookies at Sweet Science.

    Coming late to Cookie Hour and discovering there are still cookies.

  • Happy Halloween from UVA BME

    Happy Halloween from UVA BME.

  • Sightseeing while at an international conference in Calgary

    Sightseeing while at an international conference in Calgary

  • UVA BME representing at the BMES Annual Conference in 2018

    UVA BME representing at the BMES Annual Conference

  • Dr. Kris Rawls defending his PhD dissertation in the Rotunda.

    Dr. Kris Rawls defending his PhD dissertation in the Rotunda.

  • Out to dinner with fellow BMEs.

    Out to dinner with fellow BMEs.

We take our work to all corners of the world!

  • Recently students attended conferences in Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Hawaii, Paris, Dublin, Singapore, Berlin, Castiglione del Lago, and many more!
  • Many students do a 2-3 month internship or externship while they are graduate students. Some of the places they go are Philadelphia, Bethesda, Irvine, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Research Triangle Park, Valencia (Spain), and Gothenburg (Sweden).
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Where a UVA BME PhD takes you after graduation

  • Post Doc in Industry - AstraZeneca (Washington DC)
  • Post Doc in Academia - UC San Diego, Harvard, Yale, Stanford
  • Product Development - Medtronic (Minneapolis)
  • Director of Clinical R&D - Rivanna Medical (Charlottesville)
  • Cell Culture Process Development - Genentech (San Francisco)
  • Research Scientist - Luna Innovations (Charlottesville)
  • Faculty - UNC-Chapel Hill/NC State, U. Michigan, U. Florida, U. Washington, Messiah College, and many more

 

Living in Cville

Most students live within a 10-15 minute walk from MR5, the main BME building.  With free access to both UVA and Charlottesville City buses, it is easy to get around town to visit the shops on the Downtown mall or the restaurants in Belmont.

Map of cville
This guide was put together by Recruitment Co-Chairs Allie McCrady and Julie Leanord.

This guide was put together by GBMES Recruitment Co-Chairs Allie McCrady and Julie Leonard-Duke. GBMES is the local graduate chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society.  We promote and support scholarship, diversity, and community in the department.

Why ’Hoos Love to Call Charlottesville Home

"The cultural scene here is way bigger than something a town of this size should have."